Definitions

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  • adj. Without defence; undefended.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. same as defenseless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking protection or support
  • adv. without defense
  • adj. lacking weapons for self-defense

Etymologies

defence +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They were both outsiders, social lightning conductors, defenceless from the start.

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  • Thank your relationship to my sister that I punish you no further, and learn that to use other men's arms to strike the defenceless is a stain upon nobility. '

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  • Justice Minister Brigitte Mabandla was on Wednesday accused of grossly violating the human rights of 384 "defenceless" prisoners by refusing to consider and process their applications for presidential pardons.

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  • Sanco said in a statement that it condemned the use of violence to remove "defenceless" people.

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  • Stepmum Tara Jefferson jailed for whipping girl with dog lead A STEPMOTHER who "deliberately and systematically" whipped a young "defenceless" girl with a dog lead because she was angry with her then partner has been jailed.

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  • A heroin addict who stabbed a '' defenceless '' student to death during a burglary has been jailed for a minimum of 26 years.

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  • Ottoway man Trevor Bond jailed for cutting dog's throat AN Ottoway man who slit the throat of a "defenceless" dog has been the first to be jailed in South Australia since new animal cruelty legislation was introduced in 2008.

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  • Even when she talks Touko out of her Drama Club doramaz, it's her 'defenceless' look that gets out her kouhai's dere-dere.

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  • A former security adviser to Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams wept as he recalled being warned he and his "defenceless" family could be murdered by IRA assassins.

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  • He said facial injuries appeared to have been inflicted when the detainees were being held down or were "defenceless".

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