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From vulnerable +‎ -ability


  • IPA(key): /ˌvʌlnəɹəˈbɪlɪti/
  • Rhymes: -ɪlɪti
  • Hyphenation: vul‧ner‧a‧bil‧i‧ty


vulnerability (countable and uncountable, plural vulnerabilities)

  1. (uncountable) The state of being vulnerable; susceptibility to attack or injury, either physical or emotional; the state or condition of being weak or poorly defended.
    The country recognized their defence vulnerability after an airplane landed in front of the central square without any consequences.
    • 2019, Bridget Sweet, Thinking Outside the Voice Box, page 71:
      Again, voice change is not easy and vulnerability plays a big part, but if choral teachers and adolescent singers approach it with the right mindframe, the experience can be empowering, enlightening, and restorative for all involved.
  2. (countable) a specific weakness in the protections or defences surrounding someone or something.
  3. (computing) a weakness which allows an attacker to reduce a system's security



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