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1. Inexcusable; unpardonable: indefensible behavior.
2. Invalid; untenable: an indefensible assumption.
3. Vulnerable to physical attack: indefensible borders.

in′de·fen′si·bil′i·ty, in′de·fen′si·ble·ness n.
in′de·fen′si·bly adv.
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The indefensibility of the 2015 rule also is a justification for its withdrawal.
Stempel, The Irrepressible Myth of Burnham and Its Increasing Indefensibility After Goodyear and Daimler, 15 Nev.
Despite the indefensibility of the Fifth Circuit's analysis of the basis issue, the court was correct in its claim that the "tax treatment of earnings from the sale of blood plasma or other parts of the human body [was] an uncharted area in tax law," (39) and at least arguably correct that a "criminal proceeding .
Fourth, the law-study explains and illustrates the indefensibility of the irrebuttable presumption of legality and the rebuttable presumptions of illegality that the 1992 Guidelines establish, all of which are based exclusively on estimates of the defined market's postmerger HHI and merger-induced increase in that HHI.
Sullivan, supra note 4, at 150 (stating a preference for egalitarian outcomes); see also Gedicks, supra note 4, at 7 (noting the incoherence of secular reasons for religion exemptions); Frederick Mark Gedicks, An Unfirm Foundation: The Regrettable Indefensibility of Religious Exemptions, 20 U.
In the process, Emily Michelson provides another contribution to the now vast array of works demonstrating the indefensibility of generalizations long applied to the religious history of sixteenth-century Italy.
Sager, Religious Freedom and the Constitution (2007); Frederick Mark Gedicks, An Unfirm Foundation: The Regrettable Indefensibility of Religious Exemptions, 20 U.
Other scholars making a similar argument against the special status of religion include Frederick Mark Gedicks, An Unflrm Foundation: The Regrettable Indefensibility of Religious Exemptions, 20 U.
Direct military intervention to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime would never win Security Council approval, and has no volunteers anyway among capable military powers -- albeit in most cases because of the political and military risks involved, rather than the legal indefensibility of acting outside the U.
21) In retrospect Khaled's appraisal of the indefensibility of Al-Khafji must be questioned.
By taking a step back from claiming historical water status and absolute sovereignty for the entire area enclosed by the U-shaped line, the proponents of the fourth interpretation appear to hope to avoid the indefensibility of the second interpretation, while allowing China to claim a share to the resources right up to the U-shaped line, something that would not be possible with the first interpretation.
Foremost among which is, the moral indefensibility of colonialism as a whole which was not part of a global discourse at previous moments, coupled with the physical crisis, the toll exacted from the last great war of the past century.