Definition of susceptible in US English:



  • 1Likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing.

    ‘patients with liver disease may be susceptible to infection’
    • ‘With the festive season in full swing during the winter months, you may also become susceptible to illness.’
    • ‘People who exercise regularly are less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.’
    • ‘However, while adults are less susceptible to varicella infection, they are more likely to die of chicken pox.’
    • ‘The lack of knowledge about AIDS and venereal diseases generally makes this group particularly susceptible to infection.’
    • ‘Less robust people and children are more susceptible to the disease.’
    • ‘Trees susceptible to frost damage should be trimmed immediately after the last chance of frost.’
    • ‘There are also concerns that a roof could make the tower more susceptible to damage from the elements.’
    • ‘Therefore, more research is needed to identify subgroups that may be particularly susceptible to pressure reduction strategies.’
    • ‘Children most susceptible to bone plate disturbances are those with poor muscle development.’
    • ‘In turn, those areas become susceptible to injury.’
    • ‘Despite recovering from the accident, the 31-year-old's neck remains susceptible to further injury.’
    • ‘A vitamin deficiency can cause normal body functions to break down and render a person susceptible to disease.’
    • ‘Adult birds are susceptible to lead poisoning when their food source is contaminated.’
    • ‘Since yours were newly planted, they were likely more susceptible to the cold.’
    • ‘Longer limbs are tougher to control and generate force that leaves them susceptible to injuries.’
    • ‘In susceptible individuals, panic disorder's debilitating symptoms can lead to major depression.’
    • ‘Experts said they are the most susceptible to damage in large quakes.’
    • ‘Why do you seem particularly susceptible to that injury?’
    • ‘Rural teachers, in particular, were susceptible to pressure from resentful parents in their communities.’
    • ‘Avoid early planting dates if susceptible inbreds or hybrids are planted.’
    open to, receptive to, vulnerable to, defenceless against
    liable to, prone to, subject to, inclined to, predisposed to, disposed to, given to, easily affected by, in danger of, at risk of, at the mercy of
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) easily influenced by feelings or emotions; sensitive.
      ‘they only do it to tease him—he's too susceptible’
      • ‘Sarah was susceptible to all the feelings and emotions of ordinary women.’
      • ‘Yet she agrees they are highly susceptible to peer pressure.’
      • ‘It occurs when a susceptible person is confronted with a stressful situation, etc.’
      • ‘He was a cheerful, gregarious man, as endlessly curious as a cat, highly emotional and susceptible.’
      • ‘This proves the consumer is susceptible and can change at a whim.’
      • ‘As a susceptible child, I was brainwashed into believing that was true.’
      impressionable, credulous, gullible, innocent, ingenuous, easily taken in, naive, defenceless, vulnerable, easily led, manageable, acquiescent, adaptable, persuadable, tractable
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  • 2susceptible ofpredicative Capable or admitting of.

    ‘the problem is not susceptible of a simple solution’
    • ‘Each item separately may be susceptible of an innocent explanation.’
    • ‘These things are not susceptible of translation into a simple ‘yes or no’ question.’
    capable of, admitting of, receptive of, open to, responsive to
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Early 17th century: from late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin suscipere ‘take up, sustain’, from sub- ‘from below’ + capere ‘take’.