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a. Susceptible to physical harm or damage: trees that are vulnerable to insects;
b. Susceptible to emotional injury, especially in being easily hurt: a lonely child who is vulnerable to teasing.
c. Susceptible to attack: "We are vulnerable both by water and land, without either fleet or army" (Alexander Hamilton).
d. Open to censure or criticism; assailable: The mayor is vulnerable to criticism on the issue.
2. Games In a position to receive greater penalties or bonuses in a hand of bridge. In a rubber, used of the pair of players who score 100 points toward game.

[Late Latin vulnerābilis, wounding, from Latin vulnerāre, to wound, from vulnus, vulner-, wound; see welə- in Indo-European roots.]

vul′ner·a·bil′i·ty, vul′ner·a·ble·ness n.
vul′ner·a·bly adv.
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Adv.1.vulnerably - in a vulnerable mannervulnerably - in a vulnerable manner    
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Contract awarded for Contract awarded to provide the resource centre service which will provide a friendly and accessible engagement, advice and support service to rough sleepers and those vulnerably housed in tower hamlets and the city of london corporation to reduce and prevent rough sleeping in the two boroughs.
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