Definition of indefensible in English:

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indefensible

Pronunciation: /ˌindəˈfensəb(ə)l/

adjective

1Not justifiable by argument: the policy of apartheid was morally indefensible
More example sentences
  • Yes, budget deficits and indefensible tax cuts are moral issues, too.
  • And defenses of his indefensible argument are indefensible too.
  • The idea that our arguments and ideas are indefensible is patently ridiculous.
2Not able to be protected against attack: the towns were tactically indefensible
More example sentences
  • The city was situated in such a way that made it indefensible against attack, leading them to compromise rather than be conquered.
  • Hanover had been made as secure as any flat and virtually indefensible country could be.

Derivatives

indefensibility

Pronunciation: /ˌindəˌfensəˈbilədē/
noun
Example sentences
  • The continued refusal of Congress to routinely make available much of the work of the Congressional Research Service, a $100 million-a-year arm of the Library of Congress, is approaching the regions of indefensibility.
  • The aspect of the moral indefensibility, the wrongness of it, because it failed to bring justice, was the driving force for me and I think the driving force for the majority of the people in my party.
  • His relationship with Briseis, who resists and then falls in love with him, exposes him to the absurdity and indefensibility of his position, as the glory-seeking pawn of a monstrous expedition.

indefensibly

Pronunciation: /ˌindəˈfensəblē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • This confirms my long-held suspicion that garden centres are every bit as indefensibly soulless and ghastly as out-of-town DIY superstores.
  • After last week perhaps he could add that Scotland is a country whose leadership is morally lame and, therefore, indefensibly bad value for taxpayers' money.
  • It is not at all clear that all colleges and universities have indefensibly larger and more expensive administrations.

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Syllabification: in·de·fen·si·ble

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