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"vulnerable" in British English

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vulnerableadjective

uk   /ˈvʌl.nər.ə.bl̩/ /ˈvʌn.rə-/  us   /ˈvʌl.nɚ.ə-/
C2 able to be ​easilyphysically, ​emotionally, or ​mentallyhurt, ​influenced, or ​attacked: I ​felt very vulnerable, ​standing there without any ​clothes on. It is on ​economicpolicy that the ​government is most vulnerable. Tourists are more vulnerable toattack, because they do not ​know which ​areas of the ​city to ​avoid.

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vulnerability
noun [U] uk   /ˌvʌl.nər.əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ /ˌvʌn.rə-/  us   /ˌvʌl.nɚ.əˈbɪl.ə.t̬i/
You ​want a ​doctor who ​understands the patient's vulnerability.
(Definition of vulnerable from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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vulnerableadjective

 us   /ˈvʌl·nər·ə·bəl/
able to be ​easilyhurt, ​influenced, or ​attacked: Older ​people are ​especially vulnerable to ​coldtemperatureseven inside ​theirhomes. He ​casts himself as a ​naive, vulnerable ​youngpoet.
vulnerability
noun [U]  us   /ˌvʌl·nər·əˈbɪl·ət̬·i/
You ​want a ​doctor who ​understands the patient's vulnerability.
(Definition of vulnerable from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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