un·​armed | \ ˌən-ˈärmd How to pronounce unarmed (audio) \

Definition of unarmed

1 : not armed or armored unarmed civilians also : not using or involving a weapon unarmed robbery
2 : having no hard and sharp projections (such as spines, spurs, or claws)

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Police in Richmond, Va., shot and killed an unarmed black motorist Monday along Interstate 95 during the evening commute. Monique Judge, The Root, "Unarmed Black Teacher, a Recent VCU Honors Grad, Shot and Killed by Virginia Police," 15 May 2018 Videos captured by the police and a bystander show one officer repeatedly striking the unarmed motorist with a baton during the Nov. 9 incident. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Pasadena police chief announces retirement amid controversy," 13 Mar. 2018 In America, your children go through school shooting drills; in New Zealand, parents in Christchurch this week have had to explain to their children why the usually unarmed police officers are carrying assault rifles. Zac Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Banned Guns After Thoughts and Prayers. Why Can’t America?," 23 Mar. 2019 Two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year won’t face charges, Sacramento prosecutors said Saturday, the latest turn in a case that sparked protests in this California city. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Sacramento Officers Won’t Be Charged for Stephon Clark’s Fatal Shooting," 2 Mar. 2019 Chinedu Okobi, who struggled with mental-health issues, was unarmed. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "When Mental-Health Experts, Not Police, Are the First Responders," 24 Nov. 2018 His death — which is currently being reviewed by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and has yet to result in any indictments — gained national attention as another instance of lethal police force enacted upon an unarmed black body. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Stevante Clark is Running for Mayor of Sacramento," 3 Jan. 2019 American forces are, apparently for the first time, flying unarmed Reaper surveillance drones from a Polish base in the country’s northwest. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "In Eastern Europe, U.S. Military Girds Against Russian Might and Manipulation," 27 June 2018 The actions appear aimed at clearing out opposition strongholds after nearly three months of protests that have killed roughly 300 people, mostly unarmed protesters. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Eleven Killed in Nicaragua as Government Targets Opposition Strongholds," 15 July 2018

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First Known Use of unarmed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unarmed

: not having a weapon : not armed
: not using or involving a weapon


un·​armed | \ ˌən-ˈärmd How to pronounce unarmed (audio) \

Kids Definition of unarmed

: having no weapons or armor


un·​armed | \ ˌən-ˈärmd How to pronounce unarmed (audio) \

Medical Definition of unarmed

: having no arms or armlike projections an unarmed tapeworm

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