Definition of susceptibility in English:



  • 1mass 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’
    • ‘Increased size of the adenoids causes breathing problems and also susceptibility to infections.’
    • ‘The HIV infection causes increased susceptibility to infections that are usually harmless to healthy people.’
    • ‘Again, this frustrates prediction and creates susceptibility to electoral politics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There may be an association between bone density/mass and susceptibility to this malformation.’
    • ‘This will improve air circulation and reduce susceptibility to pests.’
    • ‘Insufficient vitamin A leads to blindness, poor growth and increased susceptibility to infection.’
    • ‘Fifteen questions were included to assess perceived susceptibility and perceived seriousness of cervical cancer.’
    • ‘Data were collected to identify genetic variants conferring susceptibility to Crohn's disease.’
    • ‘Much more commonly, genes are believed only to contribute to a person's susceptibility to the disease.’
    • ‘Information on clinical details and outcome was obtained and antibiotic susceptibility of the isolates studied.’
    • ‘Reid agrees that the swarming nature of krill likely increases their susceptibility to the parasites.’
    • ‘The second major issue investigated was the influence of emotionality on susceptibility to memory distortion.’
    • ‘In addition, you'll enhance your immune system, reducing your susceptibility to illness.’
    • ‘Genetic variations determine individual susceptibility to lung disease.’
    • ‘As well as affecting the way we judge other people, moods also influence our susceptibility to weak arguments.’
    • ‘Around five to ten per cent of breast cancer cases are women with a hereditary genetic susceptibility to the disease.’
    • ‘Several genes coding for different cytokines may affect host susceptibility to tuberculosis.’
    • ‘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.’
    vulnerability, sensitivity, openness, defencelessness, receptiveness, responsiveness
    liability, vulnerability, inclination
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  • 2susceptibilitiesA person's feelings, typically considered as being easily hurt.

    ‘I was so careful not to offend their 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.’
    • ‘Perhaps they are afraid of being ‘politically incorrect’ or offending religious 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.’
    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 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.’
    • ‘Magnetic susceptibility is only slightly decreased by silicon, copper and magnesium, but depends mostly on manganese content.’