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VULNERABILITY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vulnerability mean? 

VULNERABILITY (noun)
  The noun VULNERABILITY has 2 senses:

1. the state of being vulnerable or exposed
2. susceptibility to injury or attack

  Familiarity information: VULNERABILITY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VULNERABILITY (noun)


Sense 1vulnerability [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being vulnerable or exposed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

vulnerability; exposure

Context examples:

his vulnerability to litigation / his exposure to ridicule

Hypernyms ("vulnerability" is a kind of...):

danger (the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury)


Sense 2vulnerability [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Susceptibility to injury or attack

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("vulnerability" is a kind of...):

weakness (the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "vulnerability"):

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)

Antonym:

invulnerability (the property of being invulnerable; the property of being incapable of being hurt (physically or emotionally))


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