Learn English – ‘Vulnerable’ Without Negative Connotations

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The word vulnerable has a negative connotation – as seemingly a weakness. I'd like suggestions for replacement word that has a positive (therefore, strength) connotation.
Thank you

Best Answer

For emotional vulnerability, you can use sensitive, which has more neutral connotations. You can use it in praise or criticism, although in the latter case it's common to make the criticism explicit rather than implied:

I like him because he's sensitive.
He annoys me because he's too sensitive.

Also, note that vulnerable itself has less of a negative connotation when it comes to emotions than it does in a strategic context.