defenseless

defenseless
adjective
1. lacking protection or support
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a defenseless child

Syn: ↑defenceless
Similar to: ↑vulnerable
Derivationally related forms: ↑defencelessness (for: ↑defenceless), ↑defenselessness
2. having no protecting or concealing cover
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"naked to mine enemies"- Shakespeare

Syn: ↑naked
Similar to: ↑unprotected
Derivationally related forms: ↑defenselessness, ↑nakedness (for: ↑naked)
3. lacking weapons for self-defense
Syn: ↑defenceless
Similar to: ↑unarmed
Derivationally related forms: ↑defencelessness (for: ↑defenceless), ↑defenselessness
adverb
without defense
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the child was standing in the middle of the crossfire, defenselessly

Derived from adjective: ↑defenceless (for: ↑defenceless)

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  • defenseless — [dē fens′lis, di fens′lis, dē′fenslis] adj. lacking defense; unable to defend oneself; open to attack; helpless; unprotected defenselessly adv. defenselessness n. * * * See defense. * * * …   Universalium

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  • defenseless — also defenceless, 1520s, from DEFENSE (Cf. defense) + LESS (Cf. less). Related: Defenselessly …   Etymology dictionary

  • defenseless — (Amer.) adj. without protection, without defense (also defenceless) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • defenseless — [adj] powerless, vulnerable caught, endangered, exposed, hands tied*, helpless, indefensible, in line of fire*, like a clay pigeon*, like a sitting duck*, naked*, on the line*, on the spot*, open, out on limb*, pigeon*, poor, unarmed, unguarded,… …   New thesaurus

  • defenseless — [dē fens′lis, di fens′lis, dē′fenslis] adj. lacking defense; unable to defend oneself; open to attack; helpless; unprotected defenselessly adv. defenselessness n …   English World dictionary

  • defenseless — adj. AE; BE also: defenceless defenseless against (defenseless against any attack) …   Combinatory dictionary

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