vulnerable

[vuhl-ner-uh-buhl]
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:
1595–1605; < Late Latin vulnerābilis, equivalent to Latin vulnerā(re) to wound + -bilis -ble; see vulnerary

vulnerability, vulnerableness, noun
vulnerably, adverb
unvulnerable, adjective
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vulnerable (ˈvʌlnərəbəl)
 
adj
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
 
[C17: from Late Latin vulnerābilis, from Latin vulnerāre to wound, from vulnus a wound]
 
vulnera'bility
 
n
 
'vulnerableness
 
n
 
'vulnerably
 
adv

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vulnerable
1605, from L.L. vulnerabilis "wounding," from L. vulnerare "to wound," from vulnus (gen. vulneris) "wound," perhaps related to vellere "pluck, to tear."
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Example sentences
Overreliance on nonrenewable resources over the past few centuries has revealed
  their inherent vulnerabilities.
He says they commandeer taste vulnerabilities and make virtual addicts of
  consumers.
Vulnerabilities exist in every system and there are two kinds: known and
  unknown.
Vulnerabilities must be avoided with forethought and careful design.
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