in·​de·​fen·​si·​ble | \ˌin-di-ˈfen(t)-sə-bəl \

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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Other Words from indefensible

indefensibility \ˌin-​di-​ˌfen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
indefensibly \ˌin-​di-​ˈfen(t)-​sə-​blē \ 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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The loss of Petersburg would render Richmond indefensible and, Grant hoped, lure Lee into a final fight on ground of Grant’s choosing. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘A Campaign of Giants’ Review: A Long War’s Final Fight," 8 Aug. 2018 This would have been indefensible under any circumstances, but the lapse is especially glaring given that Director Comey was privately telling President Trump and congressional leaders that Trump himself was not a suspect. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "‘Delegitimizing’ Mueller? Don’t Blame the Nunes Memo," 7 Feb. 2018 One way to know that this unusual, indefensible nondefense runs counter to how the government is supposed to work is something Bagley flagged that happened moments before the Justice Department filed its brief in the Texas case. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "On Obamacare, the Department of Justice Is Standing Against the Rule of Law," 8 June 2018 If the ball is all the way over on one hash, there are spread formations that can create indefensible amounts of space on the wide side of the field. Andy Benoit,, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 Born of this meeting was the echo chamber of ideas, studies, and surveys that the pharmaceutical industry has used to buffer an increasingly indefensible system against regular episodes of public outrage and political challenge. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 An utterly indefensible and morally foul policy of separating children from their parents is over for now. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 He's been on the receiving end of at least one indefensible chastisement from a property owner who believed the public parking spot adjacent to his house was his and his alone. Doug Maccash,, "Mid-City Festival Parking Wars: Attack of the Cones," 22 May 2018 According to Suckabee’s tweets, a Virginia restaurant kindly asked that the first lady of defending the indefensible to kick rocks. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders Refused Service By Restaurant Then Cries White Tears on Twitter," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of indefensible

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

Kids Definition of indefensible

: impossible to defend Your rudeness is indefensible.

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