susceptible to attack
"a vulnerable bridge"
susceptible to criticism or persuasion or temptation
"vulnerable to bribery"; "an argument vulnerable to refutation"
capable of being wounded or hurt
"vulnerable parts of the body"
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."
More likely to be exposed to malicious programs or viruses.
a vulnerable PC with no antivirus software
Origin: From vulnerabilis, from vulnero.
capable of being wounded; susceptible of wounds or external injuries; as, a vulnerable body
liable to injury; subject to be affected injuriously; assailable; as, a vulnerable reputation
Origin: [L. vulnerabilis wounding, injurious, from vulnerare to wound, vulnus a wound; akin to Skr. vraa: cf. F. vulnrable.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
vul′ne-ra-bl, adj. capable of being wounded: liable to injury.—v.t. Vuln (her.), to wound.—adj. Vulned (her.).—ns. Vulnerabil′ity, Vul′nerableness.—adj. Vul′nerary, pertaining to wounds: useful in healing wounds.—n. anything useful in curing wounds.—adj. Vul′nerose, with many wounds. [L. vulnerabilis—vulnerāre, to wound—vulnus, vulneris, a wound.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'vulnerable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3836
Rank popularity for the word 'vulnerable' in Adjectives Frequency: #514
The numerical value of vulnerable in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of vulnerable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There is no more vulnerable human combination than an undergraduate.
Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.
The killer feels invulnerable. In this, he is vulnerable. (Le tueur se croit invulnérable. En cela, il est vulnérable)
Baltics have felt vulnerable for many years and they perhaps are now feeling over-vulnerable, although perhaps that is understandable given their history.
The damage is quite extensive in Port Vila but there are so many more vulnerable islands. I can't even imagine what it's like in those vulnerable communities.
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- herkkä, haavoittuvainenFinnish
- 脆い, 傷つきやすい, 弱いJapanese
- pažeidžiamas, pažeidžiamaLithuanian
- utsatt, sårbarSwedish
- dễ bị tổn thươngVietnamese
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