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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
  • You are so tiny and vulnerable.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • vulnerable = easily hurt
  • 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
  • Just exactly because of what you are you will be by far the most vulnerable.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • vulnerable = easily hurt
  • Her own Charles Wallace, the real Charles Wallace, the child for whom she had come back to Camazotz, to IT, the baby who was so much more than she was, and who was yet so utterly vulnerable.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • vulnerable = easily hurt
  • He looked very small and vulnerable sitting there alone in the big old-fashioned kitchen, a blond little boy in faded blue Dr. Dentons, his feet swinging a good six inches above the floor.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • vulnerable = easily 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

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