- 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.
Origin of susceptible
Examples from the Web for susceptible
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 F-35 is susceptible to detection by radars operating in the VHF bands of the spectrum.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Hide From Russian Radar
April 28, 2014
The concept of a more secure identifier was relatively novel then, and susceptible to fear mongering.The Anguish of Alan Simpson, Tragic Hero of Immigration Reform
January 31, 2014
Once I had decided I needed to know how susceptible I was to the date-rape drug of choice, GHB.Why I Roofied Myself: A Model on Fashion and the Date-Rape Drug
January 5, 2014
Just as with people, antibiotics kill off all the susceptible bacteria, leaving only drug-resistant bacteria.Is Your Bacon on Drugs?
December 12, 2013
It must be that Mr Verloc was susceptible to these fascinations.
You could not have come to look like this if you had been at all susceptible.
It was, indeed, just the spot to captivate a youthful and susceptible fancy.Night and Morning, Complete
You are susceptible, imaginative; do not demand too much, or dream too fondly.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
A very small portion of the land is susceptible of cultivation.The Hunted Outlaw
- (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
Word Origin and History for susceptible
c.1600 (susceptive in the same sense is recorded from 1540s), from Late Latin susceptibilis "capable, sustainable, susceptible," from Latin susceptus, past participle of suscipere "sustain, support, acknowledge," from sub "up from under" + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Susceptibility.
- Likely to be affected with a disease, infection, or condition.
- Especially sensitive; highly impressionable.