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From Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin susceptus, from suscipere.


  • IPA(key): /sʌˈsɛptɪbəl/


susceptible (comparative more susceptible, superlative most susceptible)

  1. likely to be affected by something
    He was susceptible to minor ailments.
  2. easily influenced or tricked; credulous
  3. (medicine) especially sensitive, especially to a stimulus
  4. that, when subjected to a specific operation, will yield a specific result
    Rational numbers are susceptible of description as quotients of two integers.
    A properly prepared surface is susceptible of an enduring paint job.
  5. vulnerable; (temporarily) defenseless
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Rickie Lambert's debut goal gives England victory over Scotland (in The Guardian, 14 August 2013)[1]
      The visitors were being pinned back by the end of the first half. Yet Gordon Strachan's side played with great conviction and always had a chance of springing a surprise when their opponents were so susceptible at the back.

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susceptible (plural susceptibles)

  1. (epidemiology) A person who is vulnerable to being infected by a certain disease
    • 1983, Topley & Wilson editors, General Microbiology & Immunity[2], ISBN 068309064X, page 417:
      In either instance a decrease in the number of susceptibles, by making the spread of virus less easy, tends towards a stage at which the infection dies out.

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From Late Latin susceptibilis.


susceptible (masculine and feminine, plural susceptibles)

  1. likely, liable
    • Cet incident est susceptible d'entraîner une crise diplomatique.
  2. huffy, thin-skinned, touchy
    • Evite de le critiquer, il est très susceptible.

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susceptible m, f (plural susceptibles)

  1. amenable