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susceptible to (something)

1. Easily influenced or impressed by something. The poor fellow has always been susceptible to the honeyed words of young women. You'll find that the board of directors is not susceptible to persuasion once they have made a decision.
2. Liable to contract or be afflicted by something. I was always susceptible to asthma and pneumonia as a child, so I spent most of my time indoors. Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to the 'flu, so we always recommend that they receive a vaccination each year heading into winter.
3. Very sensitive to or easily irritated by something. The strong medication ended up damaging the lining in my stomach, making me very susceptible to alcohol and spicy food. My mother is susceptible to certain kinds of laundry detergent, which makes it very unpleasant for her to stay in hotels or other people's homes.
4. Admitting, yielding readily to, or capable of some specific treatment. The cancer is no longer susceptible to radiation, so I'm afraid our options are limited. Because of its allegorical nature, the novel is susceptible to a wide variety of interpretations.
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susceptible of (something)

Admitting, yielding readily to, or capable of something. If the cancer spreads to his bones, I'm afraid it will no longer be susceptible of treatment. Because of its allegorical nature, the novel is susceptible of a wide variety of interpretations. I refuse to entertain such conspiracy theories that are in no way susceptible of basic scientific evidence!
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susceptible to something

 
1. easily persuaded; easily influenced. The students were susceptible to the allure of drugs. The young revolutionaries were susceptible to propaganda.
2. likely to contract a sickness; likely to become sick. People with AIDS are susceptible to pneumonia. Infants and the elderly are more susceptible to illness than other people.
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References in classic literature ?
He could not at this date repent of the fact that he, a handsome, susceptible man of thirty-four, was not in love with his wife, the mother of five living and two dead children, and only a year younger than himself.
I am greatly mistaken, if any thing of weight has yet been advanced of this tendency; and I flatter myself, that the observations which have been made in the course of these papers have served to place the reverse of that position in as clear a light as any matter still in the womb of time and experience can be susceptible of.
Its constitutional powers being at once more extensive, and less susceptible of precise limits, it can, with the greater facility, mask, under complicated and indirect measures, the encroachments which it makes on the co-ordinate departments.
All faults or defects, from the slightest misconduct to the most flagitious crime, Pantocyclus attributed to some deviation from perfect Regularity in the bodily figure, caused perhaps(if not congenital) by some collision in a crowd; by neglect to take exercise, or by taking too much of it; or even by a sudden change of temperature, resulting in a shrinkage or expansion in some too susceptible part of the frame.
monsieur, if they heard you: some of them are very susceptible.
M'Dougal seems to have had a heart susceptible to the influence of the gentler sex.
No more than any other talent, is that for music susceptible of complete enjoyment, where there is no second party to appreciate its exercise.
He made up his mind that he would go to the shop every day; it was obvious that he had made a disagreeable impression on her, but he thought he had the wits to eradicate it; he would take care not to say anything at which the most susceptible person could be offended.
The widespread adoption of resistant cereal varieties and non-host rotations has significantly reduced the problem, but if susceptible varieties are grown in continuous rotation, CCN numbers could easily increase again in certain areas, Dr Obanor warns.
G Khan populations, respectively compared to susceptible population.
Its world-wide distribution is permitted by the broad geographic range of the susceptible species of its intermediate host, Biomphalaria which serves as an obligatory host for the larval stage, by which humans get infected.
All Escherichia coli and staphylococcus aureus were susceptible to amikacin and vancomycin (100% each).
However, the limitation of the SOSa-SPSa model is that it only assumes that optimists and pessimists can only transform into susceptible subjects but cannot interact with one another directly.
The histopathologic analysis revealed that MDV causes the loss of germinal follicular centers within the CT of the resistant line and induces a severe, near-total lymphoid depletion in the susceptible line during cytolytic infection.