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adjective vulnerable pronunciation in British English /ˈvʌln(ə)rəb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    someone who is vulnerable is weak or easy to hurt physically or mentally
    The government must help the most vulnerable groups in our society.
    leave/make someone vulnerable: Their constant arguments left her feeling increasingly vulnerable and insecure.
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  2. 2
    a thing, person, or place that is vulnerable is easy to attack
    vulnerable to: The long Russian frontier was highly vulnerable to a German attack.
    While feeding, the birds are vulnerable to predators.
    This procedure has improved, but it is still vulnerable to criticism.
  3. 3
    easily damaged by something negative or harmful
    We are in the vulnerable position of producing barely half our food.
    vulnerable to: The wound is vulnerable to infection.

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 vulnerable pronunciation in British English /ˌvʌln(ə)rəˈbɪləti/ noun [uncountable]


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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