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.

Usage Examples:

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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