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susceptible

[ suh-sep-tuh-buhl ]
/ səˈsɛp tə bəl /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of susceptible

1595–1605; <Late Latin susceptibilis, equivalent to suscept(us), past participle of suscipere to take up, support (sus-sus- + -cep-, combining form of capere to take, capture + -tus past participle suffix) + -ibilis-ible

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British Dictionary definitions for susceptible

susceptible
/ (səˈsɛptəbəl) /

adjective
(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

Derived forms of susceptible

susceptibleness, nounsusceptibly, adverb

Word Origin for susceptible

C17: from Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin suscipere to take up, from sub- + capere to take
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Medical definitions for susceptible

susceptible
[ sə-sĕptə-bəl ]

adj.
Likely to be affected with a disease, infection, or condition.
Especially sensitive; highly impressionable.

Other words from susceptible

sus•cep′ti•bili•ty (sə-sĕp′tə-bĭlĭ-tē) n.
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