indefensible


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in·de·fen·si·ble

 (ĭn′dĭ-fĕn′sə-bəl)
adj.
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.

indefensible

(ˌɪndɪˈfɛnsəbəl)
adj
1. not justifiable or excusable
2. capable of being disagreed with; untenable
3. incapable of defence against attack
ˌindeˌfensiˈbility, ˌindeˈfensibleness n
ˌindeˈfensibly adv

in•de•fen•si•ble

(ˌɪn dɪˈfɛn sə bəl)

adj.
1. not justifiable; inexcusable.
2. incapable of being defended against physical attack.
3. untenable.
[1520–30]
in`de•fen`si•bil′i•ty, n.
in`de•fen′si•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.indefensible - (of theories etc) incapable of being defended or justifiedindefensible - (of theories etc) incapable of being defended or justified
unreasonable - not reasonable; not showing good judgment
2.indefensible - not able to be protected against attack
vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"
3.indefensible - incapable of being justified or explainedindefensible - incapable of being justified or explained
inexcusable - without excuse or justification

indefensible

indefensible

adjective
Impossible to excuse, pardon, or justify:
Translations

indefensible

[ˌɪndɪˈfensəbl] ADJ
1. (= unjustifiable) [conduct, action] → injustificable, inexcusable; [idea, policy] → indefendible, insostenible
2. (= vulnerable) [town, country] → indefendible

indefensible

[ˌɪndɪˈfɛnsɪbəl] adj [conduct] → indéfendable

indefensible

adj
behaviour, remark etcunentschuldbar, nicht zu rechtfertigend attror rechtfertigen pred; cause, theoryunhaltbar, unvertretbar; policyunhaltbar; morally indefensiblemoralisch nicht vertretbar
town etcnicht zu verteidigend attror verteidigen pred, → unhaltbar

indefensible

[ˌɪndɪˈfɛnsəbl] adj (town) → indifendibile; (conduct) → ingiustificabile
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Now, if the truth must be told, our senator had the misfortune to be a man who had a particularly humane and accessible nature, and turning away anybody that was in trouble never had been his forte; and what was worse for him in this particular pinch of the argument was, that his wife knew it, and, of course was making an assault on rather an indefensible point.
Tyndall and Lord Kelvin warned the Government that it was making an indefensible mistake.
If it had been found impracticable to have devised models of a more perfect structure, the enlightened friends to liberty would have been obliged to abandon the cause of that species of government as indefensible.
And this delay, which is indefensible, was his second step into the snares of fortune.
That her manner was wrong, however, at times very wrong, her measures often ill-chosen and ill-timed, and her looks and language very often indefensible, Fanny could not cease to feel; but she began to hope they might be rectified.
But even in that tragic wreck he could not help having a smile and a hand of half-mocking friendship for the indefensible Ezza Montano.
My attitude quite an indefensible one--is that so long as I am no trouble to any one I have a right to do as I like.
But I had more ammunition; a few wadded bullets, caps, and powder-charges, loose in a jacket pocket; and I thrust them into one of his, upon a sudden impulse, not (as I think) altogether unaccountable, albeit (as I have said) so indefensible.
What she hoped or feared, she could not have said; a most irrational and indefensible desire for some assurance of his affection was, perhaps, uppermost in her mind.
Well," said Summerlee, "since you ask my opinion, it strikes me as an indefensible throwback to the Stone Age or before it.
I fell to wondering what charm Victory had found in such a man as Snider, and why I insisted upon finding excuses for her and trying to defend her indefensible act.
This Nightingale, of whom we shall be presently obliged to say a little more, was in the ordinary transactions of life a man of strict honour, and, what is more rare among young gentlemen of the town, one of strict honesty too; yet in affairs of love he was somewhat loose in his morals; not that he was even here as void of principle as gentlemen sometimes are, and oftener affect to be; but it is certain he had been guilty of some indefensible treachery to women, and had, in a certain mystery, called making love, practised many deceits, which, if he had used in trade, he would have been counted the greatest villain upon earth.