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)
Recent Examples of unarmed from the Web
Exactly one week before, Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson had killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, black teenager.
Backed by a witness, a Knox County woman says that a deputy sheriff and constable beat her unarmed son without provocation before the deputy then intentionally murdered him.
Last week, a $1.5 million settlement was reached in the case of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
A Cincinnati judge declared a mistrial in the retrial of former Officer Raymond M. Tensing, who fatally shot Samuel DuBose, an unarmed black motorist, in 2015.
Madison, Wisconsin, agreed to pay $3.35 million to relatives of 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr., who was unarmed when he was fatally shot.
Heaggan-Brown fired the first shot when Smith’s gun was raised in the air, but the second, fatal shot occurred when Smith was unarmed.
The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year was found not guilty of manslaughter, another in a long list of cops who've been acquitted after shooting unarmed black people.
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First Known Use of unarmed
UNARMED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unarmed for English Language Learners
: not having a weapon : not armed
: not using or involving a weapon
UNARMED Defined for Kids
Definition of unarmed for Students
: having no weapons or armor
Medical Definition of unarmed
: having no arms or armlike projections an unarmed tapeworm
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