Etymology
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defenseless (adj.)

also defenceless, "being without means of repelling assault or injury," 1520s, from defense + -less. Related: Defenselessly; defenselessness.

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Definitions of defenseless
1
defenseless (adj.)
lacking protection or support;
a defenseless child
Synonyms: defenceless
defenseless (adj.)
having no protecting or concealing cover; "naked to mine enemies"- Shakespeare;
Synonyms: naked
defenseless (adj.)
lacking weapons for self-defense;
Synonyms: defenceless
2
defenseless (adv.)
without defense;
Synonyms: defenceless / defenselessly / defencelessly
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