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adjective     vulnerable pronunciation in British English
  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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     vulnerability pronunciation in British English
/ˌvʌln(ə)rəˈbɪləti/ noun [uncountable]
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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