Vulnerable meaning

vŭlnər-ə-bəl
The definition of vulnerable is easily hurt or delicate.

An example of vulnerable is an animal with no protection from its prey.

An example of vulnerable is a person who is easily hurt by criticism at work.

An example of vulnerable is a military base with limited defenses.

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That can be wounded or physically injured.
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More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

"You are vulnerable to be bullied by someone at school."

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(computing) More likely to be exposed to malicious programs or viruses.

A vulnerable PC with no antivirus software.

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Open to attack by armed forces.
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(bridge) Designating a team that has won one game in an ongoing rubber and hence is liable to increased penalties.
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(games) In a position to receive greater penalties or bonuses in a hand of bridge. In a rubber, used of the pair of players who score 100 points toward game.
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Origin of vulnerable

  • Late Latin vulnerābilis wounding from Latin vulnerāre to wound from vulnus vulner- wound welə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin vulnerābilis (“injurious, wounding"), from Latin vulnerō (“I wound").

    From Wiktionary