What does vulnerable mean?

Definitions for vulnerable
ˈvʌl nər ə bəlvul·ner·a·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vulnerableadjective

    susceptible to attack

    "a vulnerable bridge"

  2. vulnerableadjective

    susceptible to criticism or persuasion or temptation

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

  3. vulnerableadjective

    capable of being wounded or hurt

    "vulnerable parts of the body"

Wiktionary

  1. vulnerableadjective

    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. vulnerableadjective

    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. Vulnerableadjective

    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. Vulnerableadjective

    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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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. Thomas Gillespie:

    Far too often, commercial activities that require large-scale land use change levy tremendous costs that are not considered in cost-benefit analysis because the costs are not shouldered by those profiting, three months ago, pandemics did not feel like an urgent issue, people did not feel vulnerable. Now the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting people -- it's affecting the stock market, their quality of life, their health and their loved ones.

  2. Joe Biden:

    The uncomfortable truth is that Donald Trump left America exposed and vulnerable to this pandemic. He ignored the warnings of health experts and intelligence agencies and put his trust in China's leaders instead.

  3. New York:

    We need more doses IMMEDIATELY so we can protect the most vulnerable residents in our city. We need more doses so we can fight back. the hospital workers are the people who, if they get sick, the hospital capacity will collapse.

  4. Vanessa Nakate:

    There is far too little evidence of the $ 100 billion per year that was promised to help climate vulnerable countries to meet this challenge. But those funds were promised to arrive by 2020 and we are still waiting, you can not adapt to lost cultures, traditions and history. You can not adapt to starvation. It's time for leaders to put loss and damage at the center of the climate negotiations.

  5. Stephen Chiu:

    We think it is going to be a very close call, communicating the future path of interest rates is very important and the Fed would be careful not to signal any excessive tightening given global markets are still very vulnerable.

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