Adjective "Vulnerable" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.
  1. 'small fish are vulnerable to predators'
  2. 'Rio Ferdinand is a big player for United and with him suspended United seemed vulnerable at the back.'
  3. 'Normandy was his homeland and far more vulnerable to sudden attack than was his island kingdom.'
  4. 'Young children are particularly vulnerable to the health impact of passive smoking.'
  5. 'These are testing times for America and for an economy vulnerable to a sudden fall in confidence.'
  6. 'It may have failed in its bid for NatWest, but Bank of Scotland is far from vulnerable to a takeover.'
  7. 'Children are especially vulnerable to disease and malnutrition and need urgent care and supplies to help them survive.'
  8. 'The economy is vulnerable to a rise in the euro exchange rate or in interest rates.'
  9. 'Its ice masses have been particularly vulnerable to the advance of global warming.'
  10. 'There is an issue as to the extent to which he remains vulnerable to drug abuse and self harm.'
  11. 'In some ways we're even more vulnerable to a flu pandemic than we were back then.'
  12. 'Hospitalization can be hazardous for vulnerable elderly patients.'
  13. 'It is imperative that the Irish and EU Governments introduce legislation and support services for these very vulnerable women.'
  14. 'Inner city programs are designed to give our most vulnerable children an opportunity to succeed.'
  15. 'The CRB currently handles background checks on those who apply for jobs working with children or vulnerable adults.'
  16. 'It's not only unpleasant events, but also some happy ones, that can be stressful to a vulnerable child.'
  17. 'Christmas brings a distinct rise in the number of calls relating to mental health issues, child protection and the protection of vulnerable adults.'
  18. 'In early 1996, he was hailed as the man who could save New York's most vulnerable children.'
  19. 'Vulnerable adults who are victims of crime will be given more support to enable them to get justice under a new strategy.'
  20. 'Our primary responsibility is our duty of care to our vulnerable residents.'
  21. 'It is vulnerable children who suffer disproportionately when these services fail.'
  22. 'the authors advise a variable no-trump opening bid which means weak non-vulnerable and strong vulnerable'


1. capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon: a vulnerable part of the body.

2. open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc.: an argument vulnerable to refutation; He is vulnerable to bribery.

3. (of a place) open to assault; difficult to defend: a vulnerable bridge.

4. Bridge. having won one of the games of a rubber.

More examples(as adjective)

"markets can be vulnerable to newses."

"people can be vulnerable to things."

"markets can be vulnerable to corrections."

"economies can be vulnerable to inflations."

"people can be vulnerable to changes."

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Early 17th century: from late Latin vulnerabilis, from Latin vulnerare ‘to wound’, from vulnus ‘wound’.