• IPA: /ˈvʌln(ə)ɹəbl̩/
  • (proscribed) IPA: /ˈvʌnəɹəbl̩/


  1. More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.
    • 1925, F[rancis] Scott Fitzgerald, chapter I, in The Great Gatsby, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, OCLC 884653065 ↗; republished New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1953, →ISBN:
      In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’
    You are vulnerable to be bullied by someone at school.
    1. Open to disclosing one's inner thoughts and feelings, acting in spite of one's instinct to self-preservation.
    It's okay to get vulnerable every now and again.
  2. (computing) More likely to be exposed to malicious programs or viruses.
    a vulnerable PC with no antivirus software
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