vulnerable

Use the adjective vulnerable to describe something or someone open to being physically or emotionally wounded, like a newborn chick or an overly sensitive teenager.

Vulnerable is from Latin and is based on vulnus, "wound." From its literal meaning, it has come to be more often used for someone who is easily hurt or likely to succumb to temptation. It's best used for a person whose feelings are so delicate that they can't withstand any criticism or pressure: "Don't speak harshly to her, she's very vulnerable today."

Definitions of vulnerable
  1. adjective
    capable of being wounded or hurt
    vulnerable parts of the body”
    Synonyms:
    weak
    wanting in physical strength
  2. adjective
    susceptible to attack
    “a vulnerable bridge”
    Synonyms:
    conquerable
    subject to being conquered or overcome
    unprotected
    lacking protection or defense
    dangerous, unsafe
    involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
    insecure, unsafe
    lacking in security or safety
    susceptible
    (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of
    assailable, open, undefendable, undefended
    not defended or capable of being defended
    compromising
    vulnerable to danger especially of discredit or suspicion
    defenceless, defenseless
    lacking protection or support
    endangered
    (of flora or fauna) in imminent danger of extinction
    indefensible
    not able to be protected against attack
    insecure, unsafe
    not safe from attack
    penetrable
    capable of being penetrated
    threatened
    (of flora or fauna) likely in the near future to become endangered
    under attack, under fire
    subjected to enemy attack or censure
    unguarded
    lacking protection or a guard
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    Antonyms:
    invulnerable
    immune to attack; impregnable
    unconquerable
    not capable of being conquered or vanquished or overcome
    protected
    kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss
    safe
    free from danger or the risk of harm
    secure
    free from danger or risk
    air-tight, airtight
    having no weak points
    bombproof, shellproof
    able to resist the explosive force of bombs and shells
    defendable, defensible
    capable of being defended
    entrenched
    dug in
    impregnable, inviolable, secure, strong, unassailable, unattackable
    immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with
    tight
    set so close together as to be invulnerable to penetration
    sheltered
    protected from danger or bad weather
    untouchable
    beyond the reach of criticism or attack or impeachment
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  3. adjective
    susceptible to criticism or persuasion or temptation
    vulnerable to bribery”
    “an argument vulnerable to refutation”
    Synonyms:
    susceptible
    (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of
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