AskDefine | Define susceptibility

Dictionary Definition

susceptibility n : the state of being susceptible; easily affected [syn: susceptibleness] [ant: unsusceptibility]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /səˌsɛptəˈbɪlɪti/
  • /s@%sEpt@"bIlIti/


  1. the condition of being susceptible; vulnerability
  2. emotional sensitivity


the condition of being susceptible

Extensive Definition

  • In physics, the susceptibility of a material or substance describes its response to an applied field. There are many kinds of susceptibilities, for example:
These two susceptibilities are particular examples of a linear response function; sometimes the terms susceptibility and linear response function are used interchangeably.
  • In medicine:
  • In botany, susceptibility is the extent to which a plant, vegetation complex or ecological community would suffer from a pathogen if exposed, without regard to the likelihood of exposure. It should not be confused with "vulnerability", which taken into account both the effect of exposure and the likelihood of exposure.
susceptibility in German: Suszeptibilität
susceptibility in Dutch: Susceptibiliteit
susceptibility in Polish: Podatność

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a thing for, ability, ableness, accessibility, adaptability, adequacy, affectibility, affection, affectionateness, affectivity, affinity, agreeability, amativeness, amenability, amenableness, amorousness, aptitude, aptness, bendability, bent, bias, brightness, caliber, capability, capableness, capacity, cast, cleverness, competence, conatus, conduciveness, defenselessness, delicacy, delight, demonstrativeness, diathesis, disposition, docility, ductibility, ductility, eagerness, ecstasy, educability, efficacy, efficiency, elasticity, enchantment, exposure, extendibility, extensibility, facility, faculty, feeling for, fictility, fitness, flair, flexibility, flexility, flexuousness, formativeness, genius, give, goatishness, helplessness, horniness, impressibility, impressionability, inclination, influenceability, intelligence, leaning, liability, liking, limberness, limen, litheness, lovelornness, lovesickness, malleability, moldability, motivation, movability, nakedness, nonimmunity, open-mindedness, openness, openness to sensation, penchant, perceptibility, persuadability, perviousness, physical sensibility, plasticity, pliability, pliancy, predilection, predisposition, prejudice, probability, proclivity, proficiency, proneness, propensity, qualification, quickness, rapture, readiness, readiness of feeling, receptiveness, receptivity, responsiveness, romanticism, sensation level, sensibility, sensibleness, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sensitivity to, sentience, sentiency, sentimentality, sequacity, sexiness, soft spot, springiness, submissiveness, sufficiency, suggestibility, suppleness, susceptivity, swayableness, talent, teachability, teachableness, tendency, tensileness, tensility, the goods, the stuff, threshold of sensation, tractability, tractility, trainableness, tropism, turn, twist, vulnerability, warp, weakness, what it takes, willingness, willowiness
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