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.
As I started to read, I remembered again my complete defencelessness before the incomprehensible force of language.
Her defencelessness led her to believe that there was no escape from the abuses: "My mother confided that there was no way we could leave" (59).
Woman like the Jews "bears the stigma of weakness" such that "her defencelessness legitimises her oppression." Ibid., 86-88.
Some, faced with tragedy when young, have felt Larkin's 'standing chill' (ibid) for just one moment in a state of great defencelessness. With most people we must think paradoxically.
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.
In this image, both humans and horse rest, for the moment, on a threshold--the door is open on the right, the slanting sun conveys a new day, but the sunlight underscores the defencelessness of the girl; her plaits catch the light, with individual hairs escaping from the severity of her hairstyle.