|Origin:||vulnerabilis, from Latin vulnus 'wound'|
someone who is vulnerable can be easily harmed or hurt:
He took advantage of me when I was at my most vulnerable.
We work mainly with the elderly and other vulnerable groups.
be vulnerable to something
Children are most vulnerable to abuse within their own home.
a place, thing, or idea that is vulnerable is easy to attack or criticize
The fort was vulnerable to attack from the north.
Their theories were badly thought out and very vulnerable to ridicule.
—vulnerability noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: weak
person: puny, feeble, weedy British English, frail, fragile, powerless, vulnerable
thing: fragile, delicate, flimsy, rickety, badly made, jerry-built
➔ See also weak