defencelessness


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Noun1.defencelessness - the property of being helpless in the face of attackdefencelessness - the property of being helpless in the face of attack
vulnerability - susceptibility to injury or attack
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defencelessness

defenselessness (US) [dɪˈfenslɪsnɪs] Nindefensión f
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Rich and idle and ornamental societies must produce many more such situations; and there might even be one in which a woman naturally sensitive and aloof would yet, from the force of circumstances, from sheer defencelessness and loneliness, be drawn into a tie inexcusable by conventional standards.
The way of Christ tells us, writes Alan Lewis, that "trust, defencelessness, and vulnerability are in themselves, despite all appearances, finally more productive and protective than all stratagems for aggression or defence, attack or retaliation, self-assertion or self-protection.
On the other hand, juvenile facilities are those centres intended to the residential care of minors who are under ward or protection, notwithstanding the immediate attention granted to them when they are temporarily in an alleged situation of defencelessness (Decree 355/2003).
Some, faced with tragedy when young, have felt Larkin's 'standing chill' (ibid) for just one moment in a state of great defencelessness.
The perception of a voice as having only malevolent intent may not be associated with such a state of defencelessness, but merely a sense of threat.
I would argue that a politics of vulnerability emerges around these texts' exposure of the defencelessness of ordinary citizens, which unseats the state's presumption to provide protection.
9,10 An increase in MDA levels may be more important in the brain compared to other tissues due to the brain's defencelessness against the reactive oxygen species, resulting from its high oxygen requirement, high lipid content and relatively low anti-oxidant defence mechanisms.