vulnerability

[ vuhl-ner-uh-bil-i-tee ]
/ ˌvʌl nər əˈbɪl ɪ ti /
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noun

openness to attack or hurt, either physically or in other ways; susceptibility: We need to develop bold policies that will reduce the vulnerability of farmers to drought and floods.
willingness to show emotion or to allow one’s weakness to be seen or known; willingness to risk being hurt or attacked: The foundation for open communication consists of honesty, trust, and vulnerability.
Ecology.Biology. the state of being likely to be classified as an endangered species in the near future if conditions do not improve: Marlin fishing is considered by some to be the pinnacle of offshore game fishing, due to the size and power of marlin and the rareness and vulnerability of the species.

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Sometimes vul·ner·a·ble·ness [vuhl-ner-uh-buhl-nis] /ˈvʌl nər ə bəlˌnɪs/ .

Origin of vulnerability

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