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 It’s two days after Amber Guyger, a white police officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering Botham Jean, an unarmed 26-year-old black man who was watching television in his own home. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "Taraji P. Henson Takes on Mental Health, Menopause, and the Myth of the ‘Strong Black Woman’," 3 Dec. 2019 In 2014, a Staten Island, N.Y., grand jury declined to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the July 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 3 Dec. 2019 Lorance was convicted for ordering the killing of unarmed men in Afghanistan. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: In politics, where does the truth lie? (12/1/19)," 1 Dec. 2019 As of 1842, the company stationed in San Diego had all of 14 unarmed men. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Should We Give California or Texas Back?," 4 Nov. 2019 In June, an activist publicly released a cellphone video of Meyer threatening to shoot an unarmed black man in front of his fiancee and young daughters. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Phoenix police union backs off no-confidence vote against Chief Jeri Williams," 1 Nov. 2019 In the most publicized incident, recorded by a bystander's video, a Miami officer in 2016 fired at Arnaldo Rios Soto, an unarmed autistic man sitting in the street. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Abolishing 'normal' and 'abnormal': How the long-marginalized autism community is becoming a bellwether of social change," 24 Oct. 2019 That a white officer had killed an unarmed black man in his home sparked widespread outrage and protests in Dallas. oregonlive, "Witness in ex-Dallas police officer’s murder trial killed in shooting, lawyer says," 6 Oct. 2019 The case has attracted intense national scrutiny for its strange circumstances and as one in a chain of shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers. Jake Bleiberg, Houston Chronicle, "Trial begins for former Dallas cop who fatally shot neighbor," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unarmed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Dec 2019

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“Unarmed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unarmed. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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


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Medical Definition of unarmed

: having no arms or armlike projections an unarmed tapeworm

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