- 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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Examples from the Web for vulnerably
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July 19, 2014
He smiled suddenly, vulnerably, holding up his little finger.Wilderness of Spring
The men broke into his office where he was sitting, vulnerably, in his shirt-sleeves.The Tree of Heaven
All his address was for his own girl, with her bright, shallow eyes and her vulnerably opened mouth.The Rainbow
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
- 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
Word Origin and History for vulnerably
c.1600, from Late Latin vulnerabilis "wounding," from Latin vulnerare "to wound," from vulnus (genitive vulneris) "wound," perhaps related to vellere "pluck, to tear."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper