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de·fense

 (dĭ-fĕns′)
n.
1. The act of defending against attack, danger, or injury.
2. A means or method of defending or protecting.
3. Sports The act or an instance of defending a championship against a challenger: will box in his third defense of his title.
4. An argument in support or justification of something. See Synonyms at apology.
5. Law
a. The act of defending a case.
b. A fact or law that provides a full or partial exoneration of the defendant against the charges or claims made in a lawsuit or prosecution.
c. The defendant and his or her legal counsel.
6. The science or art of defending oneself; self-defense.
7. (often dē′fĕns′) Sports
a. The means or tactics used in trying to stop the opposition from scoring.
b. The team or those players on the team attempting to stop the opposition from scoring.
c. Defending ability or potential.
8. The military, governmental, and industrial complex, especially as it authorizes and manages weaponry production.
tr.v. de·fensed, de·fens·ing, de·fens·es Sports
1. To attempt to stop (the opposition) from scoring.
2. To play defense against (an opponent or play).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēfēnsa, from feminine past participle of dēfendere, to ward off; see defend.]

de·fense′less adj.
de·fense′less·ly adv.
de·fense′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.defenseless - lacking protection or support; "a defenseless child"
vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"
2.defenseless - having no protecting or concealing cover; "naked to mine enemies"- Shakespeare
unprotected - lacking protection or defense
3.defenseless - 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.defenseless - without defense; "the child was standing in the middle of the crossfire, defenselessly"

defenseless

adjective
Devoid of help or protection:
Translations

defenseless

a. indefenso-a, inerme.
References in classic literature ?
We must expose our property and liberty to the mercy of foreign invaders, and invite them by our weakness to seize the naked and defenseless prey, because we are afraid that rulers, created by our choice, dependent on our will, might endanger that liberty, by an abuse of the means necessary to its preservation.
As the brutes, growling and foaming, rushed upon the almost defenseless women I turned my head that I might not see the horrid sight.
With an ugly snarl he closed upon his defenseless victim, but ere his fangs had reached the throat they thirsted for, there was a sharp report and a bullet entered the ape's back between his shoulders.
A sinking man who clutches at another and drowns him; or a hungry mother exhausted by feeding her baby, who steals some food; or a man trained to discipline who on duty at the word of command kills a defenseless man- seem less guilty, that is, less free and more subject to the law of necessity, to one who knows the circumstances in which these people were placed, and more free to one who does not know that the man was himself drowning, that the mother was hungry, that the soldier was in the ranks, and so on.
A solitary, defenseless woman, I stood pledged to myself to carry that desperate resolution through to an end.
ISLAMABAD -- Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in Indian Occupied Kashmir has said that India has launched an all-out war against the defenseless people of the territory to intimidate them into submission.
ISLAMABAD: Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in Indian Occupied Kashmir has said that India has launched an all-out war against the defenseless people of the territory to intimidate them into submission.
An offended Aquino took to social media, telling Uson to leave her deceased, defenseless parents out of the issue.
The Senate has strongly condemned the atrocities committed by the Israeli occupation forces against innocent and defenseless people of Palestine resulting in martyring of seventy children, women and men.
Islamabad -- The National Assembly and the Senate on Tuesday separately passed resolutions strongly condemning unleashing of state terrorism by Israel against innocent and defenseless Palestinian protestors in Gaza.
He expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the loss of precious human lives of defenseless Palestinians due to Israeli brutality.
Trump described the attack as "horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenseless worshipers," adding that the world cannot tolerate terrorism; "we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!" he tweeted.