Defenseless
Defenseless De*fense"less, a. Destitute of defense; unprepared to resist attack; unable to oppose; unprotected. [Also spelled {defenceless}.]-- {De*fense"less*ly}, adv. -- {De*fense"less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

2. unarmed; used of persons or the military. {armed} [WordNet 1.5]


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