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tr.v. as·sailed, as·sail·ing, as·sails
1. To attack violently, as with blows or military force; assault.
2. To attack verbally, as with ridicule or censure. See Synonyms at attack.
3. To trouble or beset, as with questions or doubts.

[Middle English assailen, from Old French asalir, asaill-, from Vulgar Latin *assalīre, variant of Latin assilīre, to jump on : ad-, onto; see ad- + salīre, to jump; see sel- in Indo-European roots.]

as·sail′a·ble adj.
as·sail′a·bil′i·ty n.
as·sail′er n.
as·sail′ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.assailable - not defended or capable of being defendedassailable - not defended or capable of being defended; "an open city"; "open to attack"
vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"


Open to attack and capture because of a lack of protection:


adj (lit, fig)angreifbar
References in classic literature ?
There was but one assailable p oint in this otherwise conclusive evidence.
The one assailable place in that cold and secret nature was the place occupied by the memory of the Professor.
On the morning after my return from Hampshire I took Marian upstairs into my working-room, and there laid before her the plan that I had matured thus far, for mastering the one assailable point in the life of Sir Percival Glyde.
The outfit was beset by secret polls that indicated Ruto commands an assailable lead in the region.
Although the conversion of collective goods into purely private goods is more attractive, their conversion into club goods is more robust--that is, less assailable.
Democracy is powered by debate and diversity and founded upon a belief in people's assailable right to freedom of speech, worship and assembly - liberties which have been lost or never experienced in much of the world.
This excuse for avoiding one's duty is assailable on two grounds.
Zayed was not in any big trouble and carved out a smooth 6-2, 6-4 win in one hour and 10 minutes to put Qatar in assailable 2-0 lead.
maps are not constitutionally assailable using a standard of invidious
Due to these differences, Roby and Maistry (2010) argue that spirituality is biological, psychological, socially evolutional and neurophysiologic where assailable evidence consistent with scientific enquiry cannot be established.