- 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 Wordssusceptibility, duty, onus, amenability, compulsion, culpability, indebtedness, blame, accountability, liability, burden, openness, obligation, debt, subjection, arrearage, owing
Examples from the Web for vulnerability
I said that mixture of glamour and vulnerability is potent, especially if you can sense the vulnerability.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
This sense of vulnerability is, of course, even more acute in micro-states like Jamaica.How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile
December 9, 2014
Amina Alzouma (“Young Girl”) surprised us all with her disturbingly beautiful displays of vulnerability and intensity.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
November 28, 2014
There's the survivability to take into account, too, which negates a lot of that vulnerability.American Warplane’s Forgotten Nazi Past
October 12, 2014
The issue explored the theme of vulnerability, “relevant to anyone who seeks understanding, change, love, and belonging.”The Winning Gay Subtlety of ‘Hello Mr.’
September 26, 2014
We have seen our vulnerability—and we have seen its deepest source.
What then was its vulnerability, which this hiding seemed to indicate?Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
(d) The length and vulnerability of possible lines of communication.Sound Military Decision
U.s. Naval War College
He was bewildered but elated in perceiving the vulnerability of those he was invited to revere.Narcissus
This could be harmful by increasing the vulnerability of these areas to Soviet pressure.East-West Trade Trends
Harold E. Stassen
- 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 and History for vulnerability
c.1600, from Late Latin vulnerabilis "wounding," from Latin vulnerare "to wound," from vulnus (genitive vulneris) "wound," perhaps related to vellere "pluck, to tear."