Definition of susceptibility in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state or fact of being likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing.

    ‘lack of exercise increases susceptibility to disease’
    • ‘Much more commonly, genes are believed only to contribute to a person's susceptibility to the disease.’
    • ‘Insufficient vitamin A leads to blindness, poor growth and increased susceptibility to infection.’
    • ‘Reid agrees that the swarming nature of krill likely increases their susceptibility to the parasites.’
    • ‘Again, this frustrates prediction and creates susceptibility to electoral politics.’
    • ‘There may be an association between bone density/mass and susceptibility to this malformation.’
    • ‘Significant changes were observed in morphological and cultural characteristics of variants with decreased susceptibility to penicillin.’
    • ‘Informing people of their genetic susceptibility to disease may motivate them to change their behaviour to reduce their risks.’
    • ‘Data were collected to identify genetic variants conferring susceptibility to Crohn's disease.’
    • ‘The second major issue investigated was the influence of emotionality on susceptibility to memory distortion.’
    • ‘Around five to ten per cent of breast cancer cases are women with a hereditary genetic susceptibility to the disease.’
    • ‘In addition, you'll enhance your immune system, reducing your susceptibility to illness.’
    • ‘The HIV infection causes increased susceptibility to infections that are usually harmless to healthy people.’
    • ‘This will improve air circulation and reduce susceptibility to pests.’
    • ‘Genetic variations determine individual susceptibility to lung disease.’
    • ‘Whether or not a cancer occurs depends on a whole variety of factors, the main one being individual susceptibility to the specific type of cancer developing.’
    • ‘Increased size of the adenoids causes breathing problems and also susceptibility to infections.’
    • ‘As well as affecting the way we judge other people, moods also influence our susceptibility to weak arguments.’
    • ‘Information on clinical details and outcome was obtained and antibiotic susceptibility of the isolates studied.’
    • ‘Fifteen questions were included to assess perceived susceptibility and perceived seriousness of cervical cancer.’
    • ‘Several genes coding for different cytokines may affect host susceptibility to tuberculosis.’
    vulnerability, sensitivity, openness, defencelessness, receptiveness, responsiveness
    liability, vulnerability, inclination
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  • 2A person's feelings, typically considered as being easily hurt.

    ‘I was so careful not to offend their susceptibilities’
    • ‘The king also had a habit of making provocative remarks which offended the susceptibilities of more scrupulous clergy and he lacked the sincerity of belief which had ensured his father's good relations with the church.’
    • ‘Perhaps they are afraid of being ‘politically incorrect’ or offending religious susceptibilities.’
    • ‘What if, Munro seems to say, the romantic susceptibilities of an inexperienced young woman were to be exposed to the comic doublings of a Twelfth Night or The Comedy of Errors?’
    • ‘A man who rode roughshod over the feelings and susceptibilities of others was said to be ambitious; a woman who did the same was branded as arrogant.’
    feelings, emotions, finer feelings, delicate sensitivity, sensitivities, susceptibilities, moral sense, sense of outrage
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  • 3Physics
    The ratio of magnetization produced in a material to the magnetizing force.

    • ‘Magnetic susceptibility is only slightly decreased by silicon, copper and magnesium, but depends mostly on manganese content.’
    • ‘Magnetic susceptibility indicates the ease of magnetization of a sample.’
    • ‘For most types of rocks magnetic susceptibility is not isotropic, and this is particularly true for granitoids.’
    • ‘It is noteworthy that such high magnetic susceptibilities are absent in many of the other granitoids of the Hercynian belt.’
    • ‘At each step the magnetic susceptibility was measured to detect possible mineralogical transformations.’