What does vulnerable mean?

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ˈvʌl nər ə bəlvul·ner·a·ble

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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"

Wiktionary

  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."

    Etymology: From vulnerabilis, from vulnero.

  2. vulnerable(Adjective)

    More likely to be exposed to malicious programs or viruses.

    a vulnerable PC with no antivirus software

    Etymology: From vulnerabilis, from vulnero.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vulnerable(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. vulnerabilis wounding, injurious, from vulnerare to wound, vulnus a wound; akin to Skr. vraa: cf. F. vulnrable.]

  2. Vulnerable(adj)

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

    Etymology: [L. vulnerabilis wounding, injurious, from vulnerare to wound, vulnus a wound; akin to Skr. vraa: cf. F. vulnrable.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vulnerable

    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. vulnerabilisvulnerāre, to wound—vulnus, vulneris, a wound.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. vulnerable

    Susceptive of wounds; liable to external injuries; capable of being taken; as, the town is extremely vulnerable in such a quarter. It is also applied to military dispositions; as, the army was vulnerable in the centre, etc. An assemblage of men without arms, or with arms but without discipline, or having discipline and arms, without officers, are vulnerable.

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

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How to say vulnerable in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vulnerable in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vulnerable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of vulnerable in a Sentence

  1. Abby Johnson:

    Pro-choice advocates contend that abortion is an essential and time-sensitive medical service.While people everywhere are trying to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians like Gov. Abbott continue this perverse obsession with banning abortion, those who are caring for their families, forced to work essential jobs, and doing what they can to stay healthy need access to health care right now. Instead, these politicians are forcing patients to travel hundreds of miles putting themselves and their families at risk. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser praised the stayorder. We are pleased that the Court recognized the urgency and necessity of Governor Abbotts order. All elective surgeries and procedures, including abortions, must cease during this national crisis, Dannenfelser said in a statement provided to Fox News. At a time when millions of Americans are making heroic sacrifices to protect the vulnerable, and legitimate health care workers risk their own lives to care for COVID-19 patients with crucial protective equipment in short supply, the abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood demands special treatment anddiverts scarce resources.

  2. Susanne Legena:

    Periods don't stop during a pandemic, but managing them safely and with dignity has become a whole lot harder, in many countries, period products have become scarce and vulnerable girls and young women, in particular, are going without.

  3. Tom Frieden:

    Those younger people have parents. They have grandparents, and they are going to go see those people, the more the virus spreads, the more everybody is vulnerable.

  4. Margaret Duffy:

    Just being a heavy user of social media, like Facebook, doesn't mean you're likely more vulnerable to depression.

  5. Joe Schrank:

    We think of addiction as this light switch you can turn on and off, what we're learning is that for some people, it's similar to scuba diving: You can only come up 20 feet so often or you get very, very sick. When people stop immediately and that abruptly, it really makes them vulnerable.

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