unarmed

adjective

un·​armed ˌən-ˈärmd How to pronounce unarmed (audio)
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 Waukesha Police Department officers shot and killed an unarmed 50-year-old man Tuesday morning in response to a theft at a car dealership. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 Aaron was on the ground after being tackled by another officer and was completely unarmed when Officer George fired the lethal final bullet in Aaron’s neck. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Richard Hass, president emeritus of the Foreign Policy Institute and Middle East Specialist for Republican Presidents, has written (Wall Street Journal) that Hamas cannot be destroyed by killing defenseless children, women and unarmed citizens. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2024 She’s also transferred duties such as traffic enforcement and nonviolent mental health crises from police to unarmed responders. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Taylor, a Black woman who was unarmed, was shot and killed by police at the scene. The Courier-Journal, 11 Mar. 2024 The authorities were responding with force, gunning down unarmed protesters and detaining activists. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 In the first season, Callie clerked for a conservative judge overseeing a police shooting involving the wrongful death of an unarmed Black man, while her roommate Malika (Zuri Adele) worked for a civil rights non-profit that was protesting outside the trial. Megan Vick, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 One of the five-year officers shot the unarmed neighbor. Andrew Ford, The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Unarmed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unarmed. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

unarmed

adjective
un·​armed ˌən-ˈärmd How to pronounce unarmed (audio)
ˈən-
: not armed or armored
unarmed civilians
also : not using or involving a weapon
unarmed robbery

Medical Definition

unarmed

adjective
un·​armed ˌən-ˈärmd How to pronounce unarmed (audio)
: having no arms or armlike projections
an unarmed tapeworm
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