[ suh-sep-tuh-buhl ]
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  1. admitting or capable of some specified treatment: susceptible of a high polish; susceptible to various interpretations.

  2. accessible or especially liable or subject to some influence, mood, agency, etc.: susceptible to colds; susceptible to flattery.

  1. capable of being affected emotionally; impressionable.

Origin of susceptible

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Late Latin susceptibilis, from suscept(us) “taken up” (past participle of suscipere “to take up, support,” from sus- sus- + -cipere, combining form of capere “to take”) + -ibilis -ible

Other words from susceptible

  • sus·cep·ti·ble·ness, noun
  • sus·cep·ti·bly, adverb
  • non·sus·cep·ti·ble, adjective
  • non·sus·cep·ti·ble·ness, noun
  • non·sus·cep·ti·bly, adverb
  • o·ver·sus·cep·ti·ble, adjective
  • o·ver·sus·cep·ti·ble·ness, noun
  • o·ver·sus·cep·ti·bly, adverb
  • pre·sus·cep·ti·ble, adjective
  • un·sus·cep·ti·ble, adjective
  • un·sus·cep·ti·ble·ness, noun
  • un·sus·cep·ti·bly, adverb

Words Nearby susceptible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use susceptible in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for susceptible


/ (səˈsɛptəbəl) /

  1. (postpositive; foll by of or to) yielding readily (to); capable (of): hypotheses susceptible of refutation; susceptible to control

  2. (postpositive foll by to) liable to be afflicted (by): susceptible to colds

  1. easily impressed emotionally

Origin of susceptible

C17: from Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin suscipere to take up, from sub- + capere to take

Derived forms of susceptible

  • susceptibleness, noun
  • susceptibly, adverb

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