Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Being without defense; without means of repelling assault or injury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Destitute of defense; unprepared to resist attack; unable to oppose; unprotected.
  • adjective unarmed; used of persons or the military.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Lacking any form of defense; vulnerable; open to attack.

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

  • adjective having no protecting or concealing cover
  • adverb without defense
  • adjective lacking weapons for self-defense
  • adjective lacking protection or support

Etymologies

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defense +‎ -less

Examples

  • Two decades ago, of course, the term "defenseless receiver" hadn't been invented.

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  • Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff lamented the deaths of what she called "defenseless children" and asked for a minute of silence to honor the youngsters.

    11 Children Killed in Brazil School Shooting

  • You don’t really understand what the word defenseless means till you see that.

    Living Justice

  • Remain defenseless and at the mercy of the criminals, hoping the Police can get there in time if things really go South.

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  • We all love our democracy and hate the idea of defenseless detainees being tortured because of big bro 43's ignorant penchant for making others suffer.

    Big bro 43 has put us on the wrong side of justice and history.

  • When the enemies of the United States became defenseless, that is when the outright theft of their lands began.

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  • Neil strove to look intelligent by banishing the expression of bewilderment from his face, and stood patiently by until the last coach had hurled the last bolt at his defenseless head -- defenseless, that is, save for the head harness that was dripping rain-drops down his neck.

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  • The losers in all this was the innocent and defenseless, which is true of all wars of convenience and opportunity.

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  • Among them is the one to protect the so-called defenseless players such as a receiver who has caught a ball and has not yet had time to run.

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  • Acting and taking responsibility and standing up for the defenseless is the solution.

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