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Definition easily hurt or in need of help; or easily influenced or subject to temptation

Specialized Definitions for vulnerable:

Ecology:  species believed likely to move into the endangered category if no action is taken

Bridge (card game):  the period after winning one game in a rubber when higher penalties (and bonuses) are scored
  • The computers are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
vulnerable to = easily hurt by
  • The law is intended to help the most vulnerable refugees.
  • vulnerable = in need of help
  • The setup is vulnerable to corruption.
  • vulnerable to = easily influenced or tempted by
  • The team's preferred style of defense is vulnerable to good outside shooters.
  • vulnerable to = easily hurt by
  • Her argument is vulnerable to refutation.
  • vulnerable to = easily hurt by
  • Feeling too vulnerable on the ground with my lopsided hearing, I scale a tree to wait.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • vulnerable = easy to be hurt
  • I wish Cinna had given me a similar outfit, I feel so vulnerable in this flimsy dress.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • She's got us trapped, too, because no one wants to chase her down, not while their own pack sits so vulnerable on the table.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • To hate the boy from District 1, who also appears so vulnerable in death, seems inadequate.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Apparently, I'm too "vulnerable" for ferocity.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • My skin feels sore and tingling and intensely vulnerable.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • I spend the night half-sitting, half-lying next to Peeta, refreshing the bandage, and trying not to dwell on the fact that by teaming up with him, I've made myself far more vulnerable than when I was alone.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • vulnerable = easily influenced
  • We beat at them with the stocks of our guns, but there was nothing solid or vulnerable to strike.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Lost World
  • vulnerable to = easily hurt by; or easily influenced or tempted by; or "easily hurt" to
  • He is vulnerable to reason there—always a few grains of common-sense in an ounce of miserliness.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • vulnerable to = easily influenced by
  • The spider is on its back and fatly vulnerable, struggling to find its pointed feet and scurry back into the air.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Are the young and brave as vulnerable as the old and slow?
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • But we learned the value of being vulnerable enough to let others be strong for us, to let others bless us.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • He was angry because Antonio had said what he'd said and then struck him; he was confused because he was newly vulnerable.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Just when the boat was most vulnerable, a large swell crashed against the hull.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle

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