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

    ‘patients with liver disease may be susceptible to infection’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Less robust people and children are more susceptible to the disease.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People who exercise regularly are less susceptible to minor viral illnesses, such as colds and flu.’
    • ‘Therefore, more research is needed to identify subgroups that may be particularly susceptible to pressure reduction strategies.’
    • ‘A vitamin deficiency can cause normal body functions to break down and render a person susceptible to disease.’
    • ‘Experts said they are the most susceptible to damage in large quakes.’
    • ‘Why do you seem particularly susceptible to that injury?’
    • ‘Children most susceptible to bone plate disturbances are those with poor muscle development.’
    • ‘Longer limbs are tougher to control and generate force that leaves them susceptible to injuries.’
    • ‘In turn, those areas become susceptible to injury.’
    • ‘With the festive season in full swing during the winter months, you may also become susceptible to illness.’
    • ‘Despite recovering from the accident, the 31-year-old's neck remains susceptible to further injury.’
    • ‘Rural teachers, in particular, were susceptible to pressure from resentful parents in their communities.’
    • ‘Trees susceptible to frost damage should be trimmed immediately after the last chance of frost.’
    • ‘Avoid early planting dates if susceptible inbreds or hybrids are planted.’
    • ‘In susceptible individuals, panic disorder's debilitating symptoms can lead to major depression.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet she agrees they are highly susceptible to peer pressure.’
      • ‘Sarah was susceptible to all the feelings and emotions of ordinary women.’
      • ‘He was a cheerful, gregarious man, as endlessly curious as a cat, highly emotional and susceptible.’
      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’
    • ‘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
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/səˈseptəb(ə)l/ /səˈsɛptəb(ə)l/


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