un·​de·​fend·​ed | \ ˌən-di-ˈfen-dəd How to pronounce undefended (audio) \

Definition of undefended

: not guarded or protected : not defended left the goal undefended an undefended frontier/border

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Recent Examples on the Web And for the rest of the Thirty Years’ War, Rothenburg lay wide-open, undefended. Rick Steves, chicagotribune.com, 30 July 2021 Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial rises 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 23 July 2021 And a growing number of lawmakers, residents and business groups on both sides of the world’s longest undefended border are out of patience. Washington Post, 22 June 2021 Wennberg when to the top of the crease and stickhandled the puck to his forehand — still undefended — and beat Bernier. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 21 Feb. 2021 Anyone who has worked in a hospital or nursing home knows the sickening sound of an old person falling: a faint cry, the scrape of a grasped nightstand, the horrible thwack of failing limbs and an undefended skull meeting hard floor. Ben Moor, STAT, 27 Jan. 2021 Her Teresa speaks of having no soul, of being empty, undefended, a vessel waiting hopelessly to be filled. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2020 Restrictions along the world’s longest undefended border -- which began in March -- will remain in place until Nov. 21, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announced Monday. Kait Bolongaro, Bloomberg.com, 19 Oct. 2020 In every one of these enclaves, just as in Nagraogo, villagers were undefended and left to be slaughtered. Nick Turse, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of undefended

1564, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of undefended was in 1564

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“Undefended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undefended. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undefended

: not protected or defended


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