unarmed

adjective
un·armed | \ˌən-ˈärmd \

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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Some 300 people have been killed since April in a country of 6.2m according to human-rights groups, almost all of them unarmed protesters at the hands of paramilitary thugs acting in cahoots with Mr Ortega’s police. The Economist, "Daniel Ortega is causing a bloodbath in Nicaragua," 12 July 2018 Israel has been widely criticized for using lethal force against largely unarmed protesters. NBC News, "An Israeli shell killed Amr Samour in Gaza, even though he wasn't a protester," 9 July 2018 Those worried about Israel’s global reputation praised the agreement, which arrived immediately on the heels of Israeli snipers killing 18 unarmed Palestinian protesters at the security fence with Gaza. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 This is the first time since the Human Rights Council was formed in 2006 that a sitting member would volunteer to step aside, though Libya was suspended in 2011 after a government crackdown on unarmed protesters. Carol Morello, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. expected to back away from U.N. Human Rights Council," 19 June 2018 This is the first time since the Human Rights Council was formed in 2006 that a sitting member would volunteer to step aside, though Libya was suspended in 2011 after a government crackdown on unarmed protesters. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "U.S. expected to back away from U.N. Human Rights Council," 19 June 2018 Human Rights Watch contended in its statement that the mostly unarmed protesters didn't pose an imminent threat to Israeli troops or civilians, and therefore the use of live fire suggests a violation of international law. Ilan Ben Zion, Jewish Journal, "Rights group: Israeli lethal force in Gaza may be war crime," 13 June 2018 Palestinian officials and rights groups have criticized the Israeli military for using deadly force against largely unarmed protesters. Abeer Salman And Nadeem Muaddi, CNN, "Israeli forces kill 4 protesters in Gaza, Palestinian ministry says," 8 June 2018 Israel has come under heavy international criticism for its use of live fire against unarmed protesters. Fox News, "Israel warns Gazans to avoid border in Friday protest," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of unarmed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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unarmed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unarmed

: not having a weapon : not armed

: not using or involving a weapon

unarmed

adjective
un·armed | \ˌən-ˈärmd \

Kids Definition of unarmed

: having no weapons or armor

unarmed

adjective
un·armed | \ˌən-ˈärmd \

Medical Definition of unarmed 

: having no arms or armlike projections an unarmed tapeworm

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