susceptible

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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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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Noun[edit]

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, 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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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin susceptibilis.

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susceptible (plural susceptibles)

  1. likely, liable
    Cet incident est susceptible d'entraîner une crise diplomatique.
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  2. huffy, thin-skinned, touchy
    Évite de le critiquer, il est très susceptible.
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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin susceptus, from suscipiō (I undertake).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /sus.θepˈtible/, [sus.θepˈtiβle]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /su.sepˈtible/, [su.sepˈtiβle]

Adjective[edit]

susceptible (plural susceptibles)

  1. amenable
  2. sensitive
  3. capable (of) (followed by de, and an action)
    "frágil" significa que es susceptible de romperse
    "frágil" means that it is capable of being broken

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