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susceptible

sus·cep·ti·ble

susceptible

 
pronunciation:
s sep t bl
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Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: easily influenced or impressed (usu. fol. by to).
Teenagers are thought to be highly susceptible to psychological pressure.
synonyms:
impressionable, pliable, suggestible
antonyms:
immune, impervious, insusceptible, streetwise, superior, unsusceptible
similar words:
accessible, amenable, credulous, easy, gullible, malleable, manageable, open
definition 2: especially likely to be afflicted or suffer (usu. fol. by to).
People with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to this flu.
synonyms:
liable, prone, sensitive, subject
antonyms:
immune, insusceptible, resistant, unsusceptible
similar words:
accessible, inclined, open, predisposed, pregnable, vulnerable
definition 3: readily accepting or permitting a particular action or treatment (usu. fol. by to or of).
His action was susceptible of many different interpretations.
synonyms:
accessible, capable, open
antonyms:
unsusceptible
similar words:
accepting, receptive
definition 4: emotionally sensitive or impressionable.
a young, susceptible child
synonyms:
impressionable, sensitive
antonyms:
unsusceptible
similar words:
feeling, insecure, unstable, vulnerable, weak
derivations: susceptibly (adv.), susceptibleness (n.)
Word Parts
The word susceptible contains the following parts:
sus- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix "sus- " occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of "sub-."
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cap1, cip, capt, cept, -ceive, -ceit Latin root that means to take, catch
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, acceptable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable