vulnerability

Vulnerability is the quality of being easily hurt or attacked. Some seniors think it's funny to pick on the ninth graders because of their vulnerability.

Vulnerability comes from the Latin word for "wound," vulnus. Vulnerability is the state of being open to injury, or appearing as if you are. It might be emotional, like admitting that you're in love with someone who might only like you as a friend, or it can be literal, like the vulnerability of a soccer goal that's unprotected by any defensive players.

Definitions of vulnerability
  1. noun
    the state of being vulnerable or exposed
    “his vulnerability to litigation”
    synonyms: exposure
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    type of:
    danger
    the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury
  2. noun
    susceptibility to injury or attack
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    Antonyms:
    invulnerability
    the property of being invulnerable; the property of being incapable of being hurt (physically or emotionally)
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    defencelessness, defenselessness, unprotectedness
    the property of being helpless in the face of attack
    assailability
    vulnerability to forceful attack
    destructibility
    vulnerability to destruction
    breakability, fragility, frangibility, frangibleness
    quality of being easily damaged or destroyed
    exposure
    vulnerability to the elements; to the action of heat or cold or wind or rain
    wind exposure, windage
    exposure to the wind (as the exposed part of a vessel's hull which is responsible for wind resistance)
    solarisation, solarization
    exposure to the rays of the sun
    type of:
    weakness
    the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain
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