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vulnerable

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adjective vul·ner·a·ble \ˈvəl-n(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈvəl-nər-bəl\

Simple Definition of vulnerable

  • : easily hurt or harmed physically, mentally, or emotionally

  • : open to attack, harm, or damage

Full Definition of vulnerable

  1. 1 :  capable of being physically or emotionally wounded

  2. 2 :  open to attack or damage :  assailable <vulnerable to criticism>

  3. 3 :  liable to increased penalties but entitled to increased bonuses after winning a game in contract bridge

vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty play \ˌvəl-n(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
vul·ner·a·ble·ness play \ˈvəl-n(ə-)rə-bəl-nəs, ˈvəl-nər-bəl-\ noun
vul·ner·a·bly play \-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


Medical Dictionary

vulnerable

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adjective vul·ner·a·ble \ˈvəln-(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈvəl-nər-bəl\

Medical Definition of vulnerable

  1. :  capable of being hurt :  susceptible to injury or disease <the liver is itself vulnerable to nutritional impairment—Journal of the American Medical Association>

  2. vul·ner·a·bil·i·ty \ˌvəln-(ə-)rə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun, plural vul·ner·a·bil·i·ties





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