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vulnerable

[vuhl-ner-uh-buh l] /ˈvʌl nər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon:
a vulnerable part of the body.
2.
open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc.:
an argument vulnerable to refutation; He is vulnerable to bribery.
3.
(of a place) open to assault; difficult to defend:
a vulnerable bridge.
4.
Bridge. having won one of the games of a rubber.
Origin of vulnerable
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Late Latin vulnerābilis, equivalent to Latin vulnerā(re) to wound + -bilis -ble; see vulnerary
Related forms
vulnerability, vulnerableness, noun
vulnerably, adverb
unvulnerable, adjective
Can be confused
venerable, vulnerable.
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vulnerable

/ˈvʌlnərəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being physically or emotionally wounded or hurt
2.
open to temptation, persuasion, censure, etc
3.
liable or exposed to disease, disaster, etc
4.
(military) liable or exposed to attack
5.
(bridge) (of a side who have won one game towards rubber) subject to increased bonuses or penalties
Derived Forms
vulnerability, vulnerableness, noun
vulnerably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin vulnerābilis, from Latin vulnerāre to wound, from vulnus a wound
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Word Origin and History for vulnerabilities

vulnerable

adj.

c.1600, from Late Latin vulnerabilis "wounding," from Latin vulnerare "to wound," from vulnus (genitive vulneris) "wound," perhaps related to vellere "pluck, to tear."

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