- capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon: a vulnerable part of the body.
- open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc.: an argument vulnerable to refutation; He is vulnerable to bribery.
- (of a place) open to assault; difficult to defend: a vulnerable bridge.
- Bridge. having won one of the games of a rubber.
Origin of vulnerable
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- capable of being physically or emotionally wounded or hurt
- open to temptation, persuasion, censure, etc
- liable or exposed to disease, disaster, etc
- military liable or exposed to attack
- bridge (of a side who have won one game towards rubber) subject to increased bonuses or penalties
C17: from Late Latin vulnerābilis, from Latin vulnerāre to wound, from vulnus a wound
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Word Origin and History for un-vulnerable
c.1600, from Late Latin vulnerabilis "wounding," from Latin vulnerare "to wound," from vulnus (genitive vulneris) "wound," perhaps related to vellere "pluck, to tear."
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