un·​armed | \ˌən-ˈärmd \

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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Israeli snipers have killed about 170 people, most of them unarmed. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israeli Cabinet minister: Gaza leader’s days are numbered," 21 Nov. 2018 The sheriff said a group of about six unarmed, off-duty police officers happened to be in the bar when the shooting began. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "In California Shooting, Sheriff’s Sergeant Made ‘Ultimate Sacrifice’ Trying to Stop Gunman," 8 Nov. 2018 More than 130, mostly unarmed, Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since protests began on March 30. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza," 14 July 2018 Trayvon, an unarmed black 17-year-old, was fatally shot in 2012 by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Trayvon Martin: Parents promote 'Rest in Power' documentary," 13 July 2018 The shelter has limited security: Guards are unarmed, and employees said violent incidents were rare. Aaron Leibowitz, miamiherald, "Harsh prison or cushy camp? Ex-staffers have different takes on life at Homestead shelter," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, a white police officer in New York’s Westchester County, where Gladstone lives, shoots a deranged, unarmed black man who comes rushing at him. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "‘The Hazards of Good Fortune’ Review: An Unforgiven Overreacher," 5 Oct. 2018 Riley and Schilling’s suit was filed days after Rosfeld was charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of Rose, who was unarmed and fleeing from a car when he was shot from behind. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Officer who shot Antwon Rose is accused of past civil rights violations," 5 July 2018 Johnson is the prosecutor who cake-walked a couple of trigger-happy cops through the justice system after the thoroughly outrageous 2010 shooting of Caroline Small, the mother of two who was unarmed and trapped in her car after a slow-speed chase. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: When a murderous cop has law-and-order enablers," 5 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 \

Kids Definition of unarmed

: having no weapons or armor


un·​armed | \ˌən-ˈärmd \

Medical Definition of unarmed 

: having no arms or armlike projections an unarmed tapeworm

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