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exposed

adjective

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1 being in a situation where one is likely to meet with harm
  • without our immune systems we'd be exposed to all sorts of deadly infections

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2 lacking a usual or natural covering
  • the exposed electrical wires were a safety hazard

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3 lacking protection from danger or resistance against attack
  • the soldiers were so exposed in the open field that they were the proverbial sitting ducks

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exposed

verb
past tense of expose

Synonyms & Antonyms of exposed (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to reveal the true nature of
  • a well-researched article that exposes the UFO story as a hoax

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3 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs
  • the tight race for the championship exposed one team's mean streak

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4 to present so as to invite notice or attention
  • I didn't want to expose my ignorance in front of the others, so I kept silent

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How does the adjective exposed contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of exposed are liable, open, prone, sensitive, subject, and susceptible. While all these words mean "being by nature or through circumstances likely to experience something adverse," exposed suggests lack of protection or powers of resistance against something actually present or threatening.

exposed to infection

When would liable be a good substitute for exposed?

The synonyms liable and exposed are sometimes interchangeable, but liable implies a possibility or probability of incurring something because of position, nature, or particular situation.

liable to get lost

When is open a more appropriate choice than exposed?

While in some cases nearly identical to exposed, open stresses a lack of barriers preventing incurrence.

a claim open to question

When might prone be a better fit than exposed?

Although the words prone and exposed have much in common, prone stresses natural tendency or propensity to incur something.

prone to delay

Where would sensitive be a reasonable alternative to exposed?

The words sensitive and exposed can be used in similar contexts, but sensitive implies a readiness to respond to or be influenced by forces or stimuli.

unduly sensitive to criticism

When is it sensible to use subject instead of exposed?

The meanings of subject and exposed largely overlap; however, subject implies an openness for any reason to something that must be suffered or undergone.

all reports are subject to review

When can susceptible be used instead of exposed?

The words susceptible and exposed are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, susceptible implies conditions existing in one's nature or individual constitution that make incurrence probable.

very susceptible to flattery

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The first known use of exposed was circa 1623

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“Exposed.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/exposed. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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