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sus·cep·ti·ble

susceptible

 
 
pronunciation:
s sep t bl
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), 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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)susceptible equally, especially, extremely, genetically, highly, increasingly, initially, less, more, most, particularly, peculiarly, potentially, presumably, therefore, thus, unusually
(adj.)susceptible + adverb hence
(adj.)susceptible + noun abuse, addiction, allele, allergy, antibiotic, anxiety, aphid, bacterium, bias, blight, breakage, bribery, cancer, charm, chemical, cold, complication, contamination, corrosion, corruption, crop, damage, depression, diabetes, disease, disorder, disruption, distortion, disturbance, drought, earthquake, effect, enzyme, epidemic, erosion, error, extinction, failure, fatigue, fever, flu, fluctuation, fracture, frost, fungus, hazard, hypnosis, illness, individual, infection, infestation, influence, injury, insect, interference, interpretation, invasion, lure, manipulation, microbe, mildew, motivation, mutation, nerve, organism, pathogen, pest, pitch, pollution, pressure, radiation, rollover, scab, shock, sickness, strain, stress, suggestion, syndrome, temptation, toxicity, tuberculosis, variation, virus [See all][See only the most frequent]
derivations: susceptibly (adv.), susceptibleness (n.)
Word Parts  About this feature
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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-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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acceptable, accessible, 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, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable