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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: susceptibilis, from Latin suscipere 'to take up, admit', from sub- 'up' + capere 'to take'

susceptible

adjective
     
sus‧cep‧ti‧ble
1 likely to suffer from a particular illness or be affected by a particular problem [↪ immune]
susceptible to
Older people are more susceptible to infections.
Soil on the mountain slopes is very susceptible to erosion.
2 a susceptible person is easily influenced or attracted by someone or something [= impressionable]:
A lot of TV advertising is aimed at susceptible young children.
susceptible to
She was very susceptible to flattery.
3

susceptible of something

formal if something is susceptible of an action, that action can be done to it:
Working conditions are susceptible of improvement by legislation.

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