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“vulnerable” in English

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vulnerableadjective

uk /ˈvʌl.nər.ə.bəl/ /ˈvʌn.rə.bəl/ us /ˈvʌl.nɚ.ə.bəl/

C2 able to be easily physically, emotionally, or mentally hurt, influenced, or attacked:

I felt very vulnerable, standing there without any clothes on.
It is on economic policy that the government is most vulnerable.
Tourists are more vulnerable to attack, because they do not know which areas of the city to avoid.

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vulnerability
noun [ U ] uk /ˌvʌl.nər.əˈbɪl.ə.ti/ /ˌvʌn.rəˈbɪl.ə.ti/ 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)

“vulnerable” in American English

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vulnerableadjective

us /ˈvʌl·nər·ə·bəl/

able to be easily hurt, influenced, or attacked:

Older people are especially vulnerable to cold temperatures even inside their homes.
He casts himself as a naive, vulnerable young poet.
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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Fortunately we, as a society, have developed in our attitude towards giving future protection to the elderly, those in need of pensions and the most vulnerable within our society.
Refugees are an especially vulnerable group, and information contained on a register can be a direct reason for deporting people and so have serious consequences for an asylum seeker.
The communication points especially to the value of bringing condoms, bed nets and other preventive procedures to the poorest and most vulnerable more rapidly and on a sufficiently large scale.
Women are no longer regarded as merely vulnerable people who need to be protected but as the social protagonists of change and as an essential part of society' s resources.
I therefore take the view that, as the work continues, some thought might be given to why on earth women, as usual, have to be in the most vulnerable position.
Anyone under 18 years of age is extremely vulnerable and could be coerced into something they may regret in later years.
Granite areas are particularly vulnerable to the phenomenon of acidification caused by these sulphur emissions and must therefore receive priority treatment.
As a result of trade liberalisation, farming is now much more vulnerable to specific risks and crises that are beyond the farmers’ control.
Reform of the rules of origin is of great importance for improving trade opportunities for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries.
We would do well to ask ourselves whether these models are, today, really capable of protecting society's most vulnerable, society's 'outsiders'.