has two principal meanings, each with its own construction. In the meaning ‘likely to be affected by’, it is followed by to:

• The leopard frog…is particularly susceptible to a kidney carcinoma —Scientific American, 1973

• Stinnes had reached that dangerous age when a man was only susceptible to an innocent cutie or to an experienced floozy —Len Deighton, 1984.

When it means ‘allowing, admitting of’, it is followed by of:

• In the late fourteenth century, one finds Wyclif using the word ‘nation’ (which was susceptible of a wide variety of usages), to denote men who had been bred in England —J. A. F. Thomson, 1992.

It should not be used as a synonym of liable to or prone to:

• ☒ Fast aircraft with swept-back wings are susceptible to dutch rolls —B. Jackson, 1976.

Modern English usage. 2014.


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  • susceptible — [ sysɛptibl ] adj. • 1520 méd.; 1372 susceptible de, en parlant d une personne; répandu XVII e; bas lat. susceptibilis, de susceptum, supin de suscipere « prendre par dessous, subir », de sub « sous » et capere « prendre » 1 ♦ (1760) Vx Sensible …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • susceptible — 1. Cuando este adjetivo significa, dicho de una persona o de una cosa, ‘que puede recibir o experimentar una determinada acción’, se construye con un complemento introducido por de, que expresa dicha acción. El término de esta preposición puede… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • Susceptible — Sus*cep ti*ble, a. [F., from L. suscipere, susceptum, to take up, to support, undertake, recognize, admit; pref. sus (see {Sub }) + capere to take. See {Capable}.] 1. Capable of admitting anything additional, or any change, affection, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • susceptible — SUSCEPTIBLE. adj. de tout genre. Capable de recevoir en soy. Le cameleon. est susceptible de toutes sortes de couleurs. la matiere est susceptible de toutes sortes de formes. Il se prend aussi figurement. Et se dit de l esprit de l homme.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • susceptible — [sə sep′tə bəl] adj. [ML susceptibilis < L susceptus, pp. of suscipere, to receive, undertake < sus (see SUB ), under + capere, to take (see HAVE)] easily affected emotionally; having a sensitive nature or feelings susceptible of that gives …   English World dictionary

  • susceptible — adjetivo 1. Que puede ser modificado: Este trabajo es susceptible de mejora. 2. (ser / estar) Que tiende a ofenderse fácilmente: No seas tan susceptible, no se te puede decir nada porque todo te lo tomas a mal …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • susceptible — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (often susceptible to) likely to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing. 2) easily influenced by feelings or emotions. 3) (susceptible of) capable or admitting of. DERIVATIVES susceptibly adverb. OR …   English terms dictionary

  • susceptible — c.1600 (susceptive in the same sense is recorded from 1540s), from L.L. susceptibilis capable, sustainable, susceptible, from L. susceptus, pp. of suscipere sustain, support, acknowledge, from sub up from under + capere to take (see CAPABLE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • susceptible — I (responsive) adjective compassionate, easily affected, flexible, impressible, impressionable, influenceable, mollis, movable, persuadable, pliant, reactive, readily impressed, receptive, sensitive, susceptive, swayable, sympathetic II… …   Law dictionary

  • susceptible — 1 sensitive, subject, exposed, prone, *liable, open Analogous words: inclined, disposed, predisposed (see INCLINE vb): alive, awake, sensible, conscious (see AWARE) Antonyms: immune 2 *sentient, sensitive, impressible, impressionable, responsive… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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