1. Capable of admitting anything additional, or any change, affection, or influence; readily acted upon; as, a body susceptible of colour or of alteration. "It sheds on souls susceptible of light, The glorious dawn of our eternal day." (Young)
2. Capable of impression; having nice sensibility; impressible; tender; sensitive; as, children are more susceptible than adults; a man of a susceptible heart. "Candidates are . . . Not very susceptible of affronts." (Cowper) "I am constitutionally susceptible of noises." (Lamb) Suscep"tibleness, Suscep"tibly.
Origin: F, from L. Suscipere, susceptum, to take up, to support, undertake, recognize, admit; pref. Sus (see Sub-) + capere to take. See Capable.
(01 Mar 1998)
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