Definition of indefensible in English:



  • 1Not justifiable by argument.

    ‘the policy of apartheid was morally indefensible’
    • ‘Yet the worst that can reasonably be said about his performance is that he made an indefensible remark from which he ineptly tried to climb down at first prompting.’
    • ‘Benchmarking awards, seen by many as utterly indefensible and absurd under current economic conditions, will be paid.’
    • ‘Instead, they defend an act which is simply indefensible.’
    • ‘And defenses of his indefensible argument are indefensible too.’
    • ‘This theme is one of the elements in his new work, a detailed examination of the brutal history and indefensible consequences of aerial bombardment.’
    • ‘Anything less will amount to a pay cut and that is morally and economically indefensible.’
    • ‘How about morally indefensible, legally absurd, and nationally divisive?’
    • ‘It is difficult to calculate how many billions of dollars the government spends on indefensible, if not illegal, self-promotion.’
    • ‘That, to me, is totally unacceptable and morally indefensible.’
    • ‘The stance is otherwise totally indefensible.’
    • ‘This process of distillation allows us to impose order upon chaos and to justify the indefensible.’
    • ‘Yes, budget deficits and indefensible tax cuts are moral issues, too.’
    • ‘This is fundamentally flawed and scientifically indefensible.’
    • ‘The idea that our arguments and ideas are indefensible is patently ridiculous.’
    • ‘However, that sort of position is logically untenable and morally indefensible.’
    • ‘His logic is flawed, indefensible and dangerous.’
    • ‘Despite regular meetings, you fail to notify your superiors of problems both with the build and with the budget, putting them in an indefensible public position.’
    • ‘But that doesn't justify this behavior, which is indefensible on several grounds.’
    • ‘Although it must be defended, the British budget rebate is indefensible.’
    • ‘‘It is indefensible that you have not made funding for homeland security your top priority,’ the letter said.’
    inexcusable, unjustifiable, unjustified, unpardonable, unforgivable, inexpiable
    untenable, insupportable, unsustainable, unwarrantable, unwarranted, unjustifiable, unjustified, unsound, ill-founded, unfounded, groundless, baseless, flimsy, weak, shaky, flawed, faulty, defective, invalid, specious, arbitrary, implausible, absurd, illogical, irrational, preposterous, senseless, unacceptable
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  • 2Not able to be protected against attack.

    ‘the towns were tactically indefensible’
    • ‘The city was situated in such a way that made it indefensible against attack, leading them to compromise rather than be conquered.’
    • ‘Hanover had been made as secure as any flat and virtually indefensible country could be.’
    undefendable, defenceless, undefended, unfortified, unguarded, unprotected, unshielded, unarmed, without arms, without weapons, without defences
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