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sus·cep·ti·ble

 (sə-sĕp′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Easily influenced or affected: Is he susceptible to persuasion? I'm very susceptible to colds.
2. Especially sensitive; highly impressionable: a susceptible child.
3. Permitting an action to be performed; capable of undergoing something: a statement susceptible of proof; a disease susceptible to treatment.

[Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin susceptus, past participle of suscipere, to receive : sub-, from below; see sub- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

sus·cep′ti·ble·ness n.
sus·cep′ti·bly adv.

susceptible

(səˈsɛptɪbəl)
adj
1. (postpositive; foll by of or to) yielding readily (to); capable (of): hypotheses susceptible of refutation; susceptible to control.
2. (foll by: to) liable to be afflicted (by): susceptible to colds.
3. easily impressed emotionally
[C17: from Late Latin susceptibilis, from Latin suscipere to take up, from sub- + capere to take]
susˈceptibleness n
susˈceptibly adv

sus•cep•ti•ble

(səˈsɛp tə bəl)

adj.
1. admitting or capable of some specified treatment: susceptible to various interpretations.
2. accessible, liable, or subject to some influence, agency, etc.: susceptible to colds; susceptible to flattery.
3. capable of being affected emotionally.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin susceptibilis= Latin suscept(us), past participle of suscipere to take up, support (sus- sus- + capere to take, capture) + -ibilis -ible]
sus•cep′ti•ble•ness, n.
sus•cep′ti•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.susceptible - (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of; "susceptible to colds"; "susceptible of proof"
unprotected - lacking protection or defense
sensitive - responsive to physical stimuli; "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light"
vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"
insusceptible, unsusceptible - not susceptible to
2.susceptible - easily impressed emotionally
impressible, impressionable, waxy - easily impressed or influenced; "an impressionable youngster"; "an impressionable age"; "a waxy mind"

susceptible

adjective
1. responsive, sensitive, receptive, alive to, impressionable, easily moved, suggestible He was unusually susceptible to flattery.
responsive unresponsive, unaffected, insensitive, unmoved
2. (usually with to) liable, inclined, prone, given, open, subject, vulnerable, disposed, predisposed Walking with weights makes the shoulders susceptible to injury.
liable immune, resistant, unaffected by, invulnerable, insusceptible

susceptible

adjective
1. Easily imposed on or tricked:
2. Tending to incur:
3. Able to receive and respond to external stimuli:
Translations
empfindlichsuszeptibel
érzékenyfogékony

susceptible

[səˈseptəbl] ADJ (to attack) → susceptible (to a) (Med) (to illness, infection) → propenso (to a) (to persuasion, flattery) → sensible (to a) (= easily moved) → impresionable
to be susceptible ofadmitir, ser susceptible de
it is susceptible of several interpretationsadmite diversas interpretaciones, es susceptible de (recibir) diversas interpretaciones

susceptible

[səˈsɛptɪbəl] adj
(= easily influenced) [person, nature] → sensible
susceptible to sth [+ flattery, advertising] → sensible à qch
(= easily affected) [person, organism] → vulnérable
susceptible to sth [+ disease, infection, injury] → sujet(te) à qch

susceptible

adj
(= impressionable)beeindruckbar, leicht zu beeindrucken pred; susceptible to something (to charms, flattery etc)für etw empfänglich; to kindness, suggestion, influence etceiner Sache (dat)zugänglich; to attackeiner Sache (dat)ausgesetzt; to rheumatism, coldsfür etw anfällig; susceptible to painschmerzempfindlich; susceptible to treatmentbehandelbar; he’s very susceptible to remarks about his big noseer reagiert sehr empfindlich auf Anspielungen auf seine große Nase; he was susceptible to her tears/pleaser ließ sich von ihren Tränen/Bitten erweichen
(form) to be susceptible of proofbeweisbar sein; to be susceptible of interpretationInterpretationssache sein

susceptible

[səˈsɛptəbl] adj
a. to be susceptible to (infection, illness) → essere predisposto/a a, soggetto/a a; (persuasion, flattery) → essere sensibile a
b. (impressionable) → (facilmente) impressionabile
c. susceptible of change (frm) → suscettibile di cambiamenti

sus·cep·ti·ble

a. susceptible.

susceptible

adj susceptible
References in classic literature ?
His assertion that a peculiarly susceptible subject may be kept in the realm of the unreal for weeks, months, and even years, dominated by whatever delusions and hallucinations the operator may from time to time suggest, is a trifle disquieting.
Such a poetry could not be permanently successful, because the subjects of which it treats -- if susceptible of poetic treatment at all -- were certainly not suited for epic treatment, where unity of action which will sustain interest, and to which each part should contribute, is absolutely necessary.
Tulliver had been a susceptible man in his conjugal relation, he might have supposed that she drew out the key to aid her imagination in anticipating the moment when he would be in a state to justify the production of the best Holland sheets.
But supplementary to this, it has hypothetically occurred to me, that as ordinary fish possess what is called a swimming bladder in them, capable, at will, of distension or contraction; and as the Sperm Whale, as far as I know, has no such provision in him; considering, too, the otherwise inexplicable manner in which he now depresses his head altogether beneath the surface, and anon swims with it high elevated out of the water; considering the unobstructed elasticity of its envelop; considering the unique interior of his head; it has hypothetically occurred to me, I say, that those mystical lung-celled honeycombs there may possibly have some hitherto unknown and unsuspected connexion with the outer air, so as to be susceptible to atmospheric distension and contraction.
They are susceptible of high cultivation, and are fast becoming settled.
Passepartout had a moist sensation about the eyes; his master's action touched his susceptible heart.
Janetta was then only fifteen; naturally well disposed, endowed with a susceptible Heart, and a simpathetic Disposition, she might, had these amiable qualities been properly encouraged, have been an ornament to human Nature; but unfortunately her Father possessed not a soul sufficiently exalted to admire so promising a Disposition, and had endeavoured by every means on his power to prevent it encreasing with her Years.
And it must be confessed that Natalie is very susceptible.
To a creature of Will's susceptible temperament--without any neutral region of indifference in his nature, ready to turn everything that befell him into the collisions of a passionate drama--the revelation that Rosamond had made her happiness in any way dependent on him was a difficulty which his outburst of rage towards her had immeasurably increased for him.
He is healthy, but not robust, full of gentle playfulness and vivacity, already affectionate, and susceptible of passions and emotions it will be long ere he can find words to express.
And, lastly, that this love, when it operates towards one of a different sex, is very apt, towards its complete gratification, to call in the aid of that hunger which I have mentioned above; and which it is so far from abating, that it heightens all its delights to a degree scarce imaginable by those who have never been susceptible of any other emotions than what have proceeded from appetite alone.
For a hunt after susceptible simpletons: all mouse-traps for the heart have again been set