adjective Etymology: Late Latin vulnerabilis, from Latin vulnerare to wound, from vulner-, vulnus wound; probably akin to Latin vellere to pluck, Greek oulē wound Date: 1605 1. capable of being physically or emotionally wounded 2. open to attack or damage ; assailable <
vulnerable to criticism
3. liable to increased penalties but entitled to increased bonuses after winning a game in contract bridge • vulnerability nounvulnerableness nounvulnerably adverb

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  • vulnerable — c.1600, from L.L. vulnerabilis wounding, from L. vulnerare to wound, from vulnus (gen. vulneris) wound, perhaps related to vellere pluck, to tear …   Etymology dictionary

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