V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. open to harm, danger, or attack; 2. capable of being easily persuaded or tempted; 3. able to be easily hurt physically or emotionally
Synonyms: unprotected, defenseless, susceptible, penetrable, assailable, weak
Antonyms: protected, fortified, strong
Tips: Vulnerable has its origins in the Latin word vulnus, meaning "wound or injury." When you combine the suffix -able with the root vulnus "wound or injury," vulnerable means able to be wounded or injured.
Women who look weak or distracted are those who are most vulnerable to an attack by a stranger. (susceptible, assailable)
He was in a vulnerable state of mind and susceptible to having his feelings hurt. (defenseless, unprotected)
That house on the edge of the cliff is vulnerable to sliding down the hill in a future mud slide. (susceptible, defenseless)
Children can be vulnerable to their classmates' teasing. (unprotected, defenseless)
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