(Latin: wound, wounding, woundable; from vulnus, "wound"; by extension: hurt; injure, injury; tear, gash; damage)

electromagnetic vulnerability (s) (noun), electromagnetic vulnerabilities (pl)
The characteristics of electromagnetic vulnerabilities consist of a system that can cause it to suffer a definite degradation (incapability of performing a designated mission) as a result of having been subjected to a certain level of electromagnetic environmental effects.
—Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; US Department of Defense.
invulnerability (s) (noun), invulnerabilities (pl)
A reference to being impossible to harm, to damage, or to defeat: The political candidate's invulnerability in winning the election was apparent.
invulnerable (adjective), more invulnerable, most invulnerable
1. Incapable of being wounded or of receiving injury: The basketball team seems to be in an invulnerable position to winning the championship this year.
2. Unable to be damaged, hurt, or affected: Sharon was invulnerable to criticism.
3. Not able to be successfully attacked by an aggressive military force; immune to attack.
invulnerableness (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. The quality or state of being secure from wounds or injury.
2. A situation that is not open to denial or disproof: Jerome felt that the invulnerableness of his argument could not be proven wrong.
invulnerably (adverb), more invulnerably, most invulnerably
A reference to being impossible to harm or to damage.
invulnerate (adjective), more invulnerate, most invulnerate
Incapable of being wounded, injured, or harmed.
security vulnerability (s) (noun), security vulnerabilities (pl)
In computer protection, the term security vulnerability is applied to a weakness in a system which allows an attacker to violate the integrity of that system.

Security vulnerabilities may result from weak passwords, software bugs, a computer virus, or other malware, or a script code injection.

A security vulnerability is classified as an serious problelm if it is recognized as a possible means of attack.

—Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; US Department of Defense.
social vulnerability (s) (noun), social vulnerabilities (pl)
One dimension of multiple stressors and shocks, including natural hazards: These social vulnerabilities refer to the inability of people, organizations, and societies to withstand adverse impacts from multiple stressors to which they are exposed.

These impacts of social vulnerabilities are caused in part by characteristics inherent in social interactions, institutions, and systems of cultural values.

threat and vulnerability assessment (s) (noun), threat and vulnerability assessments (pl)
In antiterrorism, a threat and vulnerability assessment involves the pairing of a facility's threat analysis and vulnerability analysis.
—Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms;
US Department of Defense.
vulnerability (s) (noun), vulnerabilities (pl)
1. Susceptibility to injury or damage.

In Greek mythology, Achilles' mother tried to make him impossible to be injured, hurt, or wounded by dipping him into the magical waters of the River Styx; however, the heel by which she held him made this vulnerability the cause of his death when an arrow hit him in his heel during a military battle.

Achilles was invulnerable except on his heel where his mother held him when she dipped him into the River Styx.
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2. The degree to which a population, species, ecosystem, agricultural system, or other biological entity is unable to cope with the adverse effects of climate changes.
vulnerability analysis (s) (noun), vulnerability analyses (pl)
In computer operations, a vulnerability analysis is a systematic examination of an information system or product to determine the adequacy of security measures, identify security deficiencies, provide data from which to predict the effectiveness of proposed security measures, and confirm the adequacy of such measures after implementation.
vulnerability scanner (s) (noun), vulnerability scanners (pl)
A program that performs the diagnostic phase of an analysis, also known as a computer assessment: A vulnerability scanner analysis defines, identifies, and classifies the security holes (vulnerabilities) in a computer, server, network, or communications infrastructure.

In addition, a vulnerability scanner functions as an analysis which can forecast the effectiveness of proposed countermeasures, and evaluate how well they work after they are put into use.

vulnerable (adjective), more vulnerable, most vulnerable
1. A reference to being open to physical or emotional harm; easily hurt, easily wounded: Jackie was quite vulnerable and broke out in tears when friends would mention her late husband who died just a few weeks before.
2. Relating to being unable to resist illness, debility, or physical failure because of physical or psychological weakness: There are some vulnerable people to influenza because they have not been inoculated for the disease.
3. Open to censure or criticism; assailable: Hank's sister has always been vulnerable to criticism.
4. When it is possible that the military can be exposed to an attack or possible damage: While he was in the army, even though James and his fellow soldiers were in a vulnerable situation, they were able to survive an attack by enemy forces.
5. Etymology: from Late Latin vulnerabilis, "wounding"; from Latin vulnerare, "to wound"; from vulnus, vulneris, "wound".
Able to be hurt or wounded.
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Capable of being injured.
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vulnerableness (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. Capable of being physically or emotionally wounded.
2. Open to attack or damage; assailable or in a position of being attacked violently with blows or words.
vulnerably (adverb), more vulnerably, most vulnerably
1.Pertaining to being exposed to being attacked or harmed.
2. A reference to being susceptible to physical or emotional injury.

Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "wound, harm, hurt, injure": noci-; nox-; traumat-.