Definitions for vulnerableˈvʌl nər ə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vul•ner•a•bleˈvʌl nər ə bəl(adj.)

  1. capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt physically or emotionally.

  2. susceptible to temptation or corrupt influence.

  3. open to or defenseless against criticism or moral attack.

  4. (of a place) open to assault; difficult to defend.

  5. having won one of the games of a rubber of bridge.

    Category: Games

Origin of vulnerable:

1595–1605; < LL vulnerābilis= L vulnerā(re) to wound +-bilis -ble ; see vulnerary


Princeton's WordNet

  1. vulnerable(adj)

    susceptible to attack

    "a vulnerable bridge"

  2. vulnerable(adj)

    susceptible to criticism or persuasion or temptation

    "vulnerable to bribery"; "an argument vulnerable to refutation"

  3. vulnerable(adj)

    capable of being wounded or hurt

    "vulnerable parts of the body"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. vulnerable(adjective)ˈvʌl nər ə bəl

    easily hurt or attacked because of being weak

    a vulnerable child; Without weapons they were vulnerable to attack.


  1. vulnerable(Adjective)

    More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

    "You are vulnerable to be bullied by someone at school."

  2. vulnerable(Adjective)

    More likely to be exposed to malicious programs or viruses.

    a vulnerable PC with no antivirus software

  3. Origin: From vulnerabilis, from vulnero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vulnerable(adj)

    capable of being wounded; susceptible of wounds or external injuries; as, a vulnerable body

  2. Vulnerable(adj)

    liable to injury; subject to be affected injuriously; assailable; as, a vulnerable reputation

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vulnerable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3836

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'vulnerable' in Adjectives Frequency: #514

Translations for vulnerable

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


unprotected against attack; liable to be hurt or damaged

Small animals are often vulnerable to attack.

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