Vulnerable Definition

Susceptible to physical harm or damage.
Trees that are vulnerable to insects;
American Heritage
That can be wounded or physically injured.
Webster's New World
Easily hurt, as by adverse criticism; sensitive.
Webster's New World
Open to criticism or attack.
A vulnerable reputation.
Webster's New World
Open to attack by armed forces.
Webster's New World

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

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