adjective Date: 1529 1. a. incapable of being maintained as right or valid ; untenable b. incapable of being justified or excused ; inexcusable <
indefensible comments
2. incapable of being protected against physical attack • indefensibility nounindefensibly adverb

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  • Indefensible — In de*fen si*ble, [Pref. in not + defensible: cf. OF. indefensible, indefensable.] Not defensible; not capable of being defended, maintained, vindicated, or justified; unjustifiable; untenable; as, an indefensible fortress, position, cause,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indefensible — I adjective accessible, assailable, capable of being conquered, capable of being overcome, conquerable, defenseless, exposed, helpless, inexcusable, inexpiable, insupportable, pregnable, quod defendi non potest, unfortified, unguarded,… …   Law dictionary

  • indefensible — (adj.) 1520s, from IN (Cf. in ) (1) not, opposite of + DEFENSIBLE (Cf. defensible). Related: Indefensibly …   Etymology dictionary

  • indefensible — [adj] inexcusable bad, faulty, inexpiable, insupportable, unforgivable, unjustifiable, unpardonable, untenable, unwarrantable, wrong; concepts 545,548 Ant. defensible, excusable, justifiable, justified …   New thesaurus

  • indefensible — adj. p. us. indefendible …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • indefensible — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not justifiable by argument. DERIVATIVES indefensibly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • indefensible — [in΄dē fen′sə bəl, in΄difen′sə bəl] adj. 1. that cannot be defended or protected 2. that cannot be justified or excused; inexcusable indefensibility n. indefensibly adv …   English World dictionary

  • indefensible — [[t]ɪ̱ndɪfe̱nsɪb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you say that a statement, action, or idea is indefensible, you mean that it cannot be justified or supported because it is completely wrong or unacceptable. His action was indefensible... She described… …   English dictionary

  • indefensible — indefensibility, indefensibleness, n. indefensibly, adv. /in di fen seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. not justifiable; inexcusable: indefensible behavior. 2. incapable of being protected or defended against attack: an indefensible town. 3. incapable of being… …   Universalium

  • indefensible — in|de|fen|si|ble [ ,ındı fensəbl ] adjective 1. ) impossible to defend from criticism: a morally indefensible statement defend the indefensible: Opposition Members are still trying to defend the indefensible. 2. ) impossible to protect against… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • indefensible — UK [ˌɪndɪˈfensəb(ə)l] / US adjective 1) impossible to defend from criticism a morally indefensible statement defend the indefensible: Opposition Members are still trying to defend the indefensible. 2) impossible to protect against military attack …   English dictionary

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