AskDefine | Define vulnerable

Dictionary Definition

vulnerable adj
1 susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge" [ant: invulnerable]
2 susceptible to criticism or persuasion or temptation; "vulnerable to bribery"; "an argument vulnerable to refutation"
3 capable of being wounded or hurt; "vulnerable parts of the body"
4 susceptible to physical or emotional injury; "at a tender age" [syn: tender]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin vulnerabilis, from vulnerare 'to wound'. See also -able.


/ˈvʌlnərəbəl/, /"vVln@r@b@l/


  1. Exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

Proper noun

  1. If you lose the round, more points will be taken; if you win the round, more points will be given in higher contracts.

Derived terms


Extensive Definition

vulnerable in French: Vulnérable

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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