[ vuhl-ner-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈvʌl nər ə bəl /
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.
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Origin of vulnerable
Related formsvul·ner·a·bil·i·ty, vul·ner·a·ble·ness, nounvul·ner·a·bly, adverbun·vul·ner·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedvenerable vulnerable
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British Dictionary definitions for un-vulnerable
/ (ˈvʌlnərəbəl) /
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
Derived Formsvulnerability or vulnerableness, nounvulnerably, adverb
Word Origin for vulnerable
C17: from Late Latin vulnerābilis, from Latin vulnerāre to wound, from vulnus a wound
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