admitting or capable of some specified treatment: susceptible of a high polish; susceptible to various interpretations.
accessible or especially liable or subject to some influence, mood, agency, etc.: susceptible to colds; susceptible to flattery.
capable of being affected emotionally; impressionable.
- 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
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How to use susceptible in a sentence
As our immune response to them wanes, we once again become susceptible to them.
Also notable, they recommend requiring that a home seller, for instance, disclose whether the property was susceptible to coastal flooding during a real estate transaction.
One effect is that the pool of susceptible individuals has been depleted in many areas.Population immunity is slowing down the pandemic in parts of the US | David Rotman | August 11, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
In these children, who showed no outward symptoms of compromised immunity, he has found defects in genes that make them susceptible to severe infection with a single pathogen.Our Genes May Explain Severity of COVID-19 and Other Infections | Monique Brouillette | July 27, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
At first the virus infects people who are more susceptible and spreads quickly.
Once people with ID are arrested, they are particularly susceptible to making coerced and often false confessions.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
These studies only speak to one of our ingrained mental habits that make us particularly susceptible to religious belief.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion? | Vlad Chituc | November 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of these, 2.5 million are under the age of five and most susceptible to childhood diseases.What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa? Almost Everything | Barbie Latza Nadeau | October 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Once RB was turned off, female cells were equally susceptible to becoming cancerous.Why Men May Be More Likely to Get Deadly Brain Cancer | Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Catholics, Jews, Italians, and Greeks were thought to be particularly susceptible.
Nearly every acre I have seen is susceptible of cultivation, and of course either cultivated, built upon, or devoted to wood.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
They are more susceptible to the horrors and discomforts of what they were never brought up to undergo.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
It is of an exceedingly hard, densely compact nature; from its hardness difficult to work, but susceptible of a very high polish.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
And another has on show fine papers as susceptible of receiving good impressions from type as any in use in modern books.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
The soft material lying between these is very susceptible to damp, especially when fresh cut.Antonio Stradivari | Horace William Petherick
British Dictionary definitions for susceptible
(postpositive; foll by of or to) yielding readily (to); capable (of): hypotheses susceptible of refutation; susceptible to control
(postpositive foll by to) liable to be afflicted (by): susceptible to colds
easily impressed emotionally
- susceptibleness, noun
- susceptibly, adverb
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