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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: vulnerabilis, from Latin vulnus 'wound'

vulnerable

adjective
     
vul‧ne‧ra‧ble W3
1 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.
2 a place, thing, or idea that is vulnerable is easy to attack or criticize
vulnerable to
The fort was vulnerable to attack from the north.
Their theories were badly thought out and very vulnerable to ridicule.
vulnerably adverb
vulnerability noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: weak 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

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