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Definition of vulnerable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



vulnerable (to somebody/something)
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weak and easily hurt physically or emotionally to be vulnerable to attack Old people are particularly vulnerable to the flu. She looked very vulnerable standing there on her own. In cases of food poisoning, young children are especially vulnerable. The sudden resignation of the financial director put the company in a very vulnerable position. We should protect the most vulnerable members of our society. Animals are at their most vulnerable when searching for food for their young.
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noun [uncountable] vulnerability (of somebody/something) (to something) financial vulnerability the vulnerability of newborn babies to disease He was intensely aware of his own vulnerability.
adverb His condition left him vulnerably exposed to the slightest cold or cough.
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