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noun, plural sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ties.
  1. state or character of being susceptible: susceptibility to disease.
  2. capacity for receiving mental or moral impressions; tendency to be emotionally affected.
  3. susceptibilities, capacities for emotion; feelings: His susceptibilities are easily wounded.
  4. Electricity.
    1. electric susceptibility.
    2. magnetic susceptibility.

Origin of susceptibility

1635–45; < Medieval Latin susceptibilitās, equivalent to susceptibil(is) susceptible + -itās- -ity
Related formsnon·sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty, nouno·ver·sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty, nounpre·sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty, noun, plural pre·sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ties.un·sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty, noun

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2. See sensibility. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for susceptibility

sensitivity, awareness, perceptivity, susceptivity

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noun plural -ties
  1. the quality or condition of being susceptible
  2. the ability or tendency to be impressed by emotional feelings; sensitivity
  3. (plural) emotional sensibilities; feelings
  4. physics
    1. Also called: electric susceptibility(of a dielectric) the amount by which the relative permittivity differs from unitySymbol: Χ
    2. Also called: magnetic susceptibility(of a magnetic medium) the amount by which the relative permeability differs from unitySymbol: Κ
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