vulnerable


vul·ner·a·ble

adjective \ˈvəl-n(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈvəl-nər-bəl\

: easily hurt or harmed physically, mentally, or emotionally

: open to attack, harm, or damage

Full Definition of VULNERABLE

1
:  capable of being physically or emotionally wounded
2
:  open to attack or damage :  assailable <vulnerable to criticism>
3
:  liable to increased penalties but entitled to increased bonuses after winning a game in contract bridge
vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty \ˌvəl-n(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
vul·ner·a·ble·ness \ˈvəl-n(ə-)rə-bəl-nəs, ˈvəl-nər-bəl-\ noun
vul·ner·a·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of VULNERABLE

  1. He was very vulnerable after his divorce.
  2. The troops were in a vulnerable position.
  3. The fort was undefended and vulnerable.

Origin of VULNERABLE

Late Latin vulnerabilis, from Latin vulnerare to wound, from vulner-, vulnus wound; probably akin to Latin vellere to pluck, Greek oulē wound
First Known Use: 1605

vul·ner·a·ble

adjective \ˈvəln-(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈvəl-nər-bəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VULNERABLE

: capable of being hurt : susceptible to injury or disease <the liver is itself vulnerable to nutritional impairment—Journal of the American Medical Association>
vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty \ˌvəln-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun, plural vul·ner·a·bil·i·ties

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