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

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indefensibility \ ˌin-​di-​ˌfen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indefensibility (audio) \ noun
indefensibly \ ˌin-​di-​ˈfen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce indefensibly (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But the industry’s drug prices are often indefensible, and companies’ practices are sometimes questionable or worse. Steven Levy, Wired, "The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic," 30 June 2020 His rhetoric is indefensible, even by many Republicans. CBS News, "Transcript: Correspondents Panel on "Face the Nation," December 29, 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 But the most frightening part of his diatribe Wednesday on the House floor was his odd, rambling defense of the legislature’s indefensible decision to remain in session. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Whatever you do, don't take coronavirus advice from Jim Gooch," 19 Mar. 2020 Hypersonic weapons are capable of traveling at sustained speeds in excess of Mach 5, making them all but indefensible with the most modern of air defense systems. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the B-52 Is Such a Badass Plane," 15 Jan. 2020 Nagy didn’t make a blunder or indefensible choice here. Brad Biggs,, "Bears Q&A: Is Matt Nagy calling plays scared? Cheapest way to remove Mitch Trubisky? What are the realistic options for getting a new starting QB?," 30 Oct. 2019 But dig a little deeper and the numbers create an indefensible case for Kitchens to return. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Repeating plays, failing in the red zone among the reasons Freddie Kitchens lost his job -- Film Review," 30 Dec. 2019 While President Trump’s indefensible actions set in motion this event, my vote for impeachment was not about the President. al, "The president left Congress no choice -- We must impeach," 19 Dec. 2019 But what is indefensible is echoing House Republicans who say the president has not done anything wrong. CBS News, "Transcript: Sen. Roy Blunt on "Face the Nation," December 22, 2019," 22 Dec. 2019

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indefensible

: not able to be thought of as good or acceptable
: not able to be kept safe from damage or harm


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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