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tr.v. as·sailed, as·sail·ing, as·sails
1. To attack violently, as with blows or military force; assault.
2. To attack verbally, as with ridicule or censure. See Synonyms at attack.
3. To trouble or beset, as with questions or doubts.

[Middle English assailen, from Old French asalir, asaill-, from Vulgar Latin *assalīre, variant of Latin assilīre, to jump on : ad-, onto; see ad- + salīre, to jump; see sel- in Indo-European roots.]

as·sail′a·ble adj.
as·sail′a·bil′i·ty n.
as·sail′er n.
as·sail′ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.assailable - not defended or capable of being defendedassailable - not defended or capable of being defended; "an open city"; "open to attack"
vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"


Open to attack and capture because of a lack of protection:


adj (lit, fig)angreifbar
References in classic literature ?
The one assailable place in that cold and secret nature was the place occupied by the memory of the Professor.
There was but one assailable p oint in this otherwise conclusive evidence.
On the morning after my return from Hampshire I took Marian upstairs into my working-room, and there laid before her the plan that I had matured thus far, for mastering the one assailable point in the life of Sir Percival Glyde.
There will be missteps, tactical errors, assailable symbols and an army of detractors and fickle allies ready to seize upon each and exploit them.
The Pueblo mesa offers him a less assailable though only vicarious utopian site with which to identify.
Prevent opponents from segregating the conflict into easily assailable parts.
Australia have already taken an assailable two nil lead in the series.
If a party puts upon the stand a witness who is for any reason assailable, that party asserts or admits the credibility of that witness.
Broad, who completed a second 10-wicket haul of his career, and Tim Bresnan did all of the late damage as Australia were bowled out for 224 to seal a 74-run win and it meant England moved into an assailable 3-0 lead in the five-Test series.
The organization pointed out that constant deliberate acts on the part of Israeli occupation authorities aimed to affect the holy shrines in occupied Jerusalem and the Al-Buraq courtyard intended to implement Jewish plans and projects bespeak of the extremist nature of the occupation state because these religious sites are sanctimonious and are neither touchable nor assailable.
When the new right started to smell funny - meeting with angry legislatures, apathetic individuals, impossible line drawing, and abundantly assailable logic - the Court simply backed off, overruling the right in W.