Meaning of defenceless in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈfɛnsləs/

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  • Without defence or protection; totally vulnerable.

    ‘attacks on defenceless civilians’
    • ‘He played right into my vulnerable defenseless beginner trap.’
    • ‘The elderly and vulnerable can feel defenceless, which prevents people from living their lives to the full.’
    • ‘The transport crews had a tendency to surrender before they were rendered totally defenseless.’
    • ‘Severin charged, swiping the dagger in a wide arc that left him wide open and defenseless.’
    • ‘As will have been seen from the above, the Crown's case was that here there was the deliberate stabbing of an unarmed and defenceless woman.’
    • ‘In the face of such an onslaught, the Germans, military as well as civilians, were, by and large, defenceless.’
    • ‘Wireless technology is opening a potentially vast number of defenceless networks’
    • ‘She sounds charming, if a little defenceless now her husband isn't there to protect her.’
    • ‘For example, the porcupine is defenseless except for its quills, the deer vulnerable except for its speed.’
    • ‘But when they are in our custody, when they are defenseless, it is a mark of Western civilization that we treat them humanely.’
    • ‘There cannot be any justification for people who raise their hand against what is most sacred to us - the life of defenseless children!’
    • ‘There are conflicts where one side is a fully armed and violent oppressor while the other side is defenseless and oppressed.’
    • ‘Of course, others thought that you had shot four defenseless guys that were just panhandling.’
    • ‘They are completely defenseless and completely dependent, the easiest of targets.’
    • ‘I understand why Nancy would say that this is just an attack on this poor, defenseless woman.’
    • ‘Well, why learn on the job in a dangerous sport where the object is to render somebody defenseless.’
    • ‘So much for the respect of the young and defenseless in our society!’
    • ‘We see it very, very often, and juries very often feel the same way when you have a defenseless child.’
    • ‘Now thousands of them were left completely defenseless in this horrific tragedy.’
    • ‘They surrounded the defenseless woman, shouting at her, gesticulating violently.’
    vulnerable, helpless, powerless, impotent, weak, frail
    undefended, unprotected, unguarded, unfortified, unshielded, unarmed, without arms, without defences
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