Definition of susceptibility in English:


Syllabification: sus·cep·ti·bil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /səˌseptəˈbilitē

noun (plural susceptibilities)

  • 1The state or fact of being likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing: lack of exercise increases susceptibility to disease
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    • The second major issue investigated was the influence of emotionality on susceptibility to memory distortion.
    • Reid agrees that the swarming nature of krill likely increases their susceptibility to the parasites.
    • As well as affecting the way we judge other people, moods also influence our susceptibility to weak arguments.
  • 1.1 (susceptibilities) A person’s feelings, typically considered as being easily hurt: I was so careful not to offend their susceptibilities
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    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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.
  • 2 Physics The ratio of magnetization to a magnetizing force.
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    • At each step the magnetic susceptibility was measured to detect possible mineralogical transformations.
    • It is noteworthy that such high magnetic susceptibilities are absent in many of the other granitoids of the Hercynian belt.
    • Magnetic susceptibility indicates the ease of magnetization of a sample.

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