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Emotional ImpactPlay
'Vulnerable' often evokes sympathy; it suggests someone can be hurt easily. SlideThe homeless are particularly vulnerable during cold winters.
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Connotation of WeaknessPlay
It implies a weakness or lack of protection, not just physical, but in various situations. SlideAs a small company, we're vulnerable in a market dominated by giants.
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Non-literal UsePlay
Used metaphorically, it can describe something threatened, not physically weak. SlideThis policy leaves our environmental laws vulnerable.