Definition of vulnerability in English:


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nounplural noun vulnerabilities

  • 1The quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

    ‘conservation authorities have realized the vulnerability of the local population’
    • ‘he is confined in isolation because of his vulnerability to infection’
    • ‘con artists are great at spotting our vulnerabilities’
    • ‘The report stresses the vulnerability of farmers in the marketplace.’
    • ‘His group determines a plant's vulnerability by inoculating detached leaves with the pathogen.’
    • ‘Some medications, as well as alcohol and cocaine, increase vulnerability to heat.’
    • ‘All vertically oriented and framed behind glass, the exhibits exuded a dour vulnerability that I didn't expect.’
    • ‘More and more consumers want an emotional connection to their food, a trend that gains strength with every new disclosure of the vulnerabilities of our current industrial food-production model, he has found.’
    1. 1.1Bridge Liability of a partnership to higher penalties, either by convention or through having won one game toward a rubber.
      ‘In duplicate bridge, vulnerability is indicated on boards, in rubber bridge, it is determined in other ways.’
      • ‘If you complete a part score to make game, your game bonus is determined according to your vulnerability when you made the last score.’
      • ‘You must always bear in mind the vulnerability when deciding how high to overcall.’
      • ‘How to resolve those high-level guesses is an eternal problem One important factor is vulnerability.’
      • ‘Vulnerability is very important for deciding the line of defensive bidding.’



/ˌvəln(ə)rəˈbilədē/ /ˌvəln(ə)rəˈbɪlədi/