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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The deaths of Martin and Rice — both unarmed teenagers when they were shot — helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement and protests against police brutality across the country. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "A valedictorian mentioned Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice in her graduation speech. Then, her mic was cut off.," 6 June 2019 Two years earlier, a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "'I only ever wanted justice,' says 18-year-old allegedly assaulted by Baltimore officer," 14 July 2018 Minneapolis Park Police are investigating officers' actions and a 911 call over an alleged assault that led police to detain four unarmed black teenagers, with one officer pointing his gun at the teens. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A police officer pointed his gun at 4 unarmed, black teens. Now police are investigating," 12 July 2018 The story is also centered on the murder of an unarmed Black teenager. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Trailer For Jay-Z's Trayvon Martin Docuseries Is So Powerful," 3 July 2018 Embed code: test test Michael Rosfeld, the East Pittsburgh police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Antwon Rose Jr. last week, has been charged with criminal homicide, court records show. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Pennsylvania officer who killed Antwon Rose charged with criminal homicide," 27 June 2018 The East Pittsburgh Police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Antwon Rose this month has been criminally charged by the Allegheny County District Attorney. NBC News, "Officer who fatally shot East Pittsburgh teen Antwon Rose charged with criminal homicide," 27 June 2018 Friends and family gathered on Monday to mourn Antwon Rose Jr., the unarmed Black teenager shot in the back last week in East Pittsburgh while fleeing from a car that had been stopped by police. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Hundreds Gather to Lay Antwon Rose, Jr. to Rest in East Pittsburg," 26 June 2018 While on neighborhood watch in Sanford, Zimmerman killed the unarmed Miami-Dade teenager in 2012 and was acquitted at trial of murder. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "George Zimmerman had some #$!@# things to say to a cop, court files show | Miami Herald," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of unarmed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unarmed was in the 14th century

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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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