in·​de·​fen·​si·​ble | \ ˌin-di-ˈfen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce indefensible (audio) \

Definition of indefensible

1a : 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

Other Words from indefensible

indefensibility \ ˌin-​di-​ˌfen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indefensible (audio) \ noun
indefensibly \ ˌin-​di-​ˈfen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce indefensible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of indefensible in a Sentence

The company adopted an indefensible position on the issue. His behavior is ethically indefensible. The city is in an indefensible location.
Recent Examples on the Web That Roe is often cited as some ne plus ultra of the Supreme Court’s more indefensible rulings is simply intellectually dishonest, and unfairly gives cover to the right’s own brazen judicial activism. Jess Coleman, The New Republic, 8 July 2022 An attorney for Dunn said the long delay was indefensible given that the conduct in question was the subject of internal investigations and extensive litigation years ago that the bar was directly involved in. Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022 Bolton told Tapper that the former president’s false claims of election fraud were indefensible. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 Bolton told Tapper that the former president’s false claims of election fraud were indefensible., 13 July 2022 Russia has violated the core principles that uphold global peace and security and its attack on Ukraine and its citizens is indefensible. Baltimore Sun, 22 June 2022 Nonetheless, in the face of a still escalating worldwide pandemic that some models predict could have a death toll in the millions, staging the Olympics in a few months would have been morally indefensible. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, 25 Mar. 2020 Those inequalities related to working conditions, some of which had existed for decades but were patently indefensible when exposed to sunlight by the women’s team, were resolved amicably in 2020. New York Times, 18 May 2022 During opening statements in the case, defense attorneys admitted their clients had each expressed offensive and indefensible opinions about Black people. NBC News, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of indefensible

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Indefensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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in·​de·​fen·​si·​ble | \ ˌin-di-ˈfen-sə-bəl How to pronounce indefensible (audio) \

Kids Definition of indefensible

: impossible to defend Your rudeness is indefensible.

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