Simple Definition of vulnerable
: 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
Examples of vulnerable
He was very vulnerable after his divorce.
The troops were in a vulnerable position.
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 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>
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