un·​de·​fend·​ed | \ˌən-di-ˈfen-dəd \

Definition of undefended 

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

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My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that, left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "USA Gymnastics Interim CEO Mary Bono Resigns," 16 Oct. 2018 OpenAI repeatedly targeted Roshan, a tactic that sometimes paid off (giving key heroes extra lives), but other times left their home territory undefended, giving the humans — a team of pro gamers from South America named paiN — a chance to dig in. James Vincent, The Verge, "Humans grab victory in first of three Dota 2 matches against OpenAI," 23 Aug. 2018 One theory is that Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of Japan’s navy, attacked the undefended islands to divert U.S. ships from the Battle of Midway and thereby crush the depleted force remaining. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Thousands of Japanese fought in a bloody World War II battle for the Aleutians. Only 28 survived.," 24 May 2018 One woman invoked the riots that rocked the city in 1992, saying that the same neighborhood had been left undefended by police during the unrest. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "Amid booing, Koreatown shelter plan moves forward at City Hall," 22 May 2018 That alignment left the entire left side of the infield unoccupied and undefended for any ground ball. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Getting swing in sync or bunting for hits? Rangers have answer for Gallo vs. Astros' shift | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Mar. 2018 Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien then singled into an undefended center field for a 6-5 A’s win. John Hickey, USA TODAY, "Extra long debut comes and goes for Angels' Shohei Ohtani," 29 Mar. 2018 His face is handsome, at odds with itself: martial black eyebrows over the undefended gaze of dark-blue eyes, the mouth curiously tight, the lower jaw thrust forward. Joan Juliet Buck, Harper's BAZAAR, "Raf Simons: Force of Nature," 9 Aug. 2013 But its constellations of GPS, surveillance and communications satellites are largely undefended, a vulnerability that hasn’t escaped notice in China and Russia. Jonathan Broder, Newsweek, "Why the Next Pearl Harbor Could Happen in Space," 4 May 2016

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First Known Use of undefended

1564, in the meaning defined above

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