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.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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.
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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
Examples of vulnerable in a Sentence
What we do know is that the health of many financial institutions is now under threat, bank profits, needed for capital accumulation, are being reduced by low credit and term spreads. Pension funds and insurance companies are threatened even more. Everywhere, there is the temptation to' gamble for resurrection,' again with unknown consequences. The global economy could now be even more vulnerable than it was in 2007.
We can't predict the future of this pandemic, but Trump's disastrous handling of the response so far makes him more vulnerable everywhere regardless of demographics.
We are already seeing the impacts of this drought on vulnerable people, rates of malnutrition and water borne diseases like diarrhea and colitis are on the rise.
Soldiers wear uniforms with the familiar green and brown camouflage patterns to blend into foliage during the day, but under low light and at night, they're still vulnerable to infrared detection, you can draw inspiration from natural systems that have been perfected over millions of years, giving us ideas we might never have been able to come up with otherwise.
We think it's shocking that we are now learning that there are so many unaccompanied minors exposed to trafficking and other dangers, that is another tragic twist in the latest story of migration to Europe and the need to protect vulnerable young people who find themselves at loose without friends in Europe and therefore vulnerable without proper mentoring and leadership.
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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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