- 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 vulnerableaccessible, exposed, susceptible, unsafe, weak, sensitive, liable, ready, defenseless, assailable, naked, sucker, tender, thin-skinned, unguarded, unprotected
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Contemporary Examples of vulnerable
Social media forces us to not only be vulnerable for our partner but for the whole world.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
Plus, his known drug dealings certainly made him vulnerable to blackmail.The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline
December 31, 2014
They were individuals who were vulnerable to being recruited.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists
December 15, 2014
They come from all walks of life but they have two key things in common: They are vulnerable and they are living with HIV.The New Face of HIV Is Gay & Young
December 1, 2014
Generally, the foreigner is a class of person often aligned with other vulnerable populations like widows and orphans.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of vulnerable
If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most.
White Fang was in a rage, wickedly making his attack on the most vulnerable spot.White Fang
If Imogen is vulnerable, this is the quarter from which she must be approached.Imogen
If there is a weakness here, if the ranch is vulnerable—we should learn what it is.The Bluff of the Hawk
Something tells me they are vulnerable in ways we haven't guessed at.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
- 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."