defenceless


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Adj.1.defenceless - lacking protection or support; "a defenseless child"
vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"
2.defenceless - lacking weapons for self-defense
unarmed - (used of persons or the military) not having or using arms; "went alone and unarmed"; "unarmed peasants were shot down"; "unarmed vehicles"
Adv.1.defenceless - without defense; "the child was standing in the middle of the crossfire, defenselessly"

defenceless

U.S. defenseless helpless
adjective exposed, vulnerable, naked, endangered, powerless, wide open, unarmed, unprotected, unguarded a leader who would leave the country isolated and defenceless
protected, safe, guarded, secure, safe and sound, out of harm's way, free from harm
Translations
عاجِز، بِدون حِمايَه
bezbranný
forsvarsløshjælpeløs
védtelen
varnarlaus
bezbranný

defenceless

defenseless (US) [dɪˈfenslɪs] ADJindefenso

defenceless

[dɪˈfɛnsləs] adj [person] → sans défense; [country] → sans défensedefence secretary nministre mf de la défense

defenceless

defenseless (Am) [dɪˈfɛnslɪs] adjinerme, indifeso/a, senza difesa

defence

(diˈfens) (American) defense noun
1. the act or action of defending against attack. the defence of Rome; He spoke in defence of the plans.
2. the method or equipment used to guard or protect. The walls will act as a defence against flooding.
3. a person's answer to an accusation especially in a law-court. What is your defence?
deˈfenceless adjective
helpless or without protection.
the defence
the case on behalf of a person who is accused in a law court. the counsel for the defence.
References in classic literature ?
They came to pick up an easy living among the dogs and owls, which were quite defenceless against them; took possession of their comfortable houses and ate the eggs and puppies.
In October following, a party made an excursion into that district called the Crab Orchard, and one of them, being advanced some distance before the others, boldly entered the house of a poor defenceless family, in which was only a Negro man, a woman and her children, terrified with the apprehensions of immediate death.
Dames of elevated rank, likewise, whose doors she entered in the way of her occupation, were accustomed to distil drops of bitterness into her heart; sometimes through that alchemy of quiet malice, by which women can concoct a subtle poison from ordinary trifles; and sometimes, also, by a coarser expression, that fell upon the sufferer's defenceless breast like a rough blow upon an ulcerated wound.
Generally the most indulgent and easy to be entreated of all mothers, still her boys had a very reverent remembrance of a most vehement chastisement she once bestowed on them, because she found them leagued with several graceless boys of the neighborhood, stoning a defenceless kitten.
So much of what had happened in that dreadful time as could be kept from the knowledge of Lucie was so well concealed from her, that not until long afterwards, when France and she were far apart, did she know that eleven hundred defenceless prisoners of both sexes and all ages had been killed by the populace; that four days and nights had been darkened by this deed of horror; and that the air around her had been tainted by the slain.
Then the shouting and the struggling, and the onslaught that was made on the defenceless porter.
Peggotty always went to sleep with her chin upon the handle of the basket, her hold of which never relaxed; and I could not have believed unless I had heard her do it, that one defenceless woman could have snored so much.
You had not your little wits sharpened by their intriguing against you, suppressed and defenceless, under the mask of sympathy and pity and what not that is soft and soothing.
The expression of trusting simplicity in Marner's face, heightened by that absence of special observation, that defenceless, deer-like gaze which belongs to large prominent eyes, was strongly contrasted by the self-complacent suppression of inward triumph that lurked in the narrow slanting eyes and compressed lips of William Dane.
Meantime the clang of the blows, and the shouts of the combatants, mixed fearfully with the sound of the trumpets, and drowned the groans of those who fell, and lay rolling defenceless beneath the feet of the horses.
Silver, agile as a monkey even without leg or crutch, was on the top of him next moment and had twice buried his knife up to the hilt in that defenceless body.
Deer and other defenceless animals often herd about the elephant, which, contenting himself with roots and leaves, preserves those beasts that place themselves, as it were, under his protection, from the rage and fierceness of others that would devour them.