Definition of defenceless adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(especially US English defenseless) adjective
BrE BrE//dɪˈfensləs//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfensləs//
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weak; not able to protect yourself; having no protection defenceless children The village is defenceless against attack.Extra examples How could anyone steal from a poor defenceless old lady? She felt utterly defenceless. The city lay defenceless before the most powerful fighting force on the continent. They were completely defenceless against enemy attack. I can’t believe that we persist in such cruelty to defenceless animals.