Definition of susceptible in English:

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Pronunciation: /səˈsɛptɪb(ə)l/


1Likely or liable to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing: patients with liver disease may be susceptible to infection
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  • Since yours were newly planted, they were likely more susceptible to the cold.
  • Adult birds are susceptible to lead poisoning when their food source is contaminated.
  • There are also concerns that a roof could make the tower more susceptible to damage from the elements.
open to, receptive to, vulnerable to, defenceless against;
an easy target for
rare susceptive to
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
1.1(Of a person) easily influenced by feelings or emotions; sensitive: they only do it to tease him—he’s too susceptible
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  • It occurs when a susceptible person is confronted with a stressful situation, etc.
  • 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;
sensitive, responsive, tender, thin-skinned, highly strung, emotional
2 (susceptible of) Capable or admitting of: the problem is not susceptible of a simple solution
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  • These things are not susceptible of translation into a simple ‘yes or no’ question.
  • Each item separately may be susceptible of an innocent explanation.
capable of, admitting of, receptive of, open to, responsive to;
allowing, permitting
rare susceptive of



Example sentences
  • Add to this my natural charm, and magnetic personality, and unforced modesty, and it's slightly surprising no Latin American had fallen susceptibly for my charms sooner.
  • He is a long way from the kind of dashing, susceptibly young, occasionally moody, romantic hero whom readers of 1836 might have expected to have been shaped by culture associated with the recently deceased Byron and Scott.


Early 17th century: from late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin suscipere 'take up, sustain', from sub- 'from below' + capere 'take'.

  • capable from mid 16th century:

    The first recorded sense of this was ‘able to take in’, physically or mentally. It comes from Latin capere ‘take or hold’ which is found in many other English words including: accept (Late Middle English) from ad- ‘to’ and capere; anticipation (Late Middle English) ‘acting or taking in advance’; capacity (Late Middle English) ‘ability to hold’; caption (Late Middle English) originally an act of capture; captive (Late Middle English); catch (Middle English); chase (Middle English); conceive (Middle English) literally ‘take together’; except (Late Middle English) ‘take out of’; incapacity (early 17th century) inability to hold; intercept (Late Middle English) to take between; perceive (Middle English) to hold entirely; prince; receive (Middle English) ‘take back’; susceptible (early 17th century) literally ‘that can be taken from below’.

Words that rhyme with susceptible

imperceptible, perceptible

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Line breaks: sus¦cep|tible

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