9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[vuhl-ner-uh-buh l] /ˈvʌl nər ə bəl/
capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon:
a vulnerable part of the body.
open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc.:
an argument vulnerable to refutation; He is vulnerable to bribery.
(of a place) open to assault; difficult to defend:
a vulnerable bridge.
Bridge. having won one of the games of a rubber.
Origin of vulnerable
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for vulnerable
  • Since they are vulnerable, it is helpful to be vulnerable yourself by being open and sharing information about yourself with them.
  • Seedlings and newly set-out transplants, for example, are vulnerable to both heat and cold.
  • As easily thou mayest impress the air with thy sword, as make me vulnerable.
  • Now that there's no need to vaccinate anyone, the entire global population is vulnerable to smallpox.
  • Conversely, common lore is that when the body gets chilled, it is more vulnerable to illness.
  • The tears you shed arrive once you realize and accept all the self-exposure going on here makes you feel vulnerable, too.
  • Tuberculosis strikes vulnerable people with special ferocity.
  • It's not paranoia--it's simply being savvy in an environment that's always vulnerable to change.
  • Welfare policies usually direct resources to the vulnerable and the elderly.
  • Gearboxes in offshore turbines, which face higher wind speeds, are even more vulnerable than those in onshore turbines.
British Dictionary definitions for vulnerable


capable of being physically or emotionally wounded or hurt
open to temptation, persuasion, censure, etc
liable or exposed to disease, disaster, etc
(military) liable or exposed to attack
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for vulnerable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for vulnerable

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for vulnerable

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with vulnerable

Nearby words for vulnerable