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)

Examples of unarmed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The soldiers will not be policing the area or enforcing movement restrictions, and most will be unarmed, according to Lt. Time, "After Ignoring Warnings, Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Communities Hit by Coronavirus," 3 Apr. 2020 McClain — who was unarmed and not accused of any crime — died three days later. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Aurora leaders make moves to replace “toothless” police review board with stronger civilian oversight system," 14 Dec. 2019 Frank Baker, returning to his East Side apartment, fit the general description but was unarmed and did not end up being the suspect. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Jury deliberating federal civil rights case against St. Paul police officer accused of excessive force," 26 Nov. 2019 Drejka then pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton, who was unarmed and, according to security footage, reportedly turned away from Drejka when he was shot. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Parking Lot Dispute Gets 20-Year Sentence," 10 Oct. 2019 It's been six days since Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing her unarmed black neighbor Botham Jean. Ed Lavandera, CNN, "This judge came under fire for a hug and a Bible. Now Tammy Kemp explains her actions after the Amber Guyger trial," 8 Oct. 2019 The murder trial of a former Dallas cop who shot and killed her unarmed neighbor in his home last year ended in a dramatic gesture of forgiveness. CBS News, "Mother of man slain by cop says son's hug should not be "misconstrued" as "complete forgiveness"," 3 Oct. 2019 Scott was unarmed and the encounter was caught on video tape, and officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One interesting fact about each of the newcomers to the Green Bay Packers roster in 2019," 5 Sep. 2019 Rega, who was unarmed and in plainclothes, was attacked while attempting to recover a backpack allegedly stolen by Elder and Hjorth after a botched drug deal, police say. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Bay Area teen accused of killing Italian cop was charged with assault in San Francisco," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of unarmed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unarmed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unarmed. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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