Susceptible vs Impervious - What's the difference?

susceptible | impervious |

As adjectives the difference between susceptible and impervious

is that susceptible is likely to be affected by something while impervious is unaffected or unable to be affected by.

As a noun susceptible

is (epidemiology) a person who is vulnerable to being infected by a certain disease.




(en adjective)
  • likely to be affected by something
  • He was susceptible to minor ailments.
  • easily influenced or tricked; credulous
  • (medicine) especially sensitive, especially to a stimulus
  • that, when subjected to a specific operation, will yield a specific result
  • Rational numbers are susceptible of description as quotients of two integers.
    A properly prepared surface is susceptible of an enduring paint job.
  • vulnerable; (temporarily) defenseless
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  • The visitors were being pinned back by the end of the first half. Yet Gordon Strachan's side played with great conviction and always had a chance of springing a surprise when their opponents were so susceptible at the back.

    Derived terms

    * suscept * susceptibly * susceptibility


    (en noun)
  • (epidemiology) A person who is vulnerable to being infected by a certain disease
  • * {{quote-book, 1983, , General Microbiology & Immunity, editors=Topley & Wilson citation
  • , passage=In either instance a decrease in the number of susceptibles , by making the spread of virus less easy, tends towards a stage at which the infection dies out.}}

    Coordinate terms

    * immune * infective ----




    (en adjective)
  • Unaffected or unable to be affected by.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, the consciousness dawning upon him that his eccentricity was not receiving the ovation it merited.}}
  • Preventive of any penetration; impenetrable, impermeable, particularly of water.
  • Immune to damage or effect.
  • Antonyms

    * pervious

    Derived terms

    * imperviously * imperviousness