- 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
Related Words for vulnerabilitiessusceptibility, duty, onus, amenability, compulsion, culpability, indebtedness, blame, accountability, liability, burden, openness, obligation, debt, subjection, arrearage, owing
Examples from the Web for vulnerabilities
Contemporary Examples of vulnerabilities
Who are we surprised to recognize in their vulnerabilities, in their resolve?Real Thrills And High Art In A Poignant Page-Turner Of A Novel
May 16, 2014
He found it “iffy,” he says, and he started searching for vulnerabilities.Meet Graham Smith, SnapChat’s 16-Year-Old Nemesis
January 29, 2014
Over the past little while, Gambino has been honest about his vulnerabilities, emotional and otherwise.‘Because the Internet’ Review: Childish Gambino Is Hip-Hop’s Perennial Outsider
December 10, 2013
He is astute enough to address his vulnerabilities with large sections of the party.Rand Paul: I’m Not My Dad
June 29, 2013
Of course, there are other vulnerabilities associated with debt buildups that depend on the composition of the debt itself.Did Reinhart and Rogoff Flub a Major Statistic?
April 17, 2013
Historical Examples of vulnerabilities
- 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
Word Origin for 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."