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[in-di-fen-suh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈfɛn sə bəl/
not justifiable; inexcusable:
indefensible behavior.
incapable of being protected or defended against attack:
an indefensible town.
incapable of being defended against criticism or denial; untenable:
indefensible argument.
Origin of indefensible
1520-30; in-3 + defensible
Related forms
indefensibility, indefensibleness, noun
indefensibly, adverb
2. vulnerable, defenseless, unprotected. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indefensible
  • For all the sages on stages, campuses are full of morally indefensible views and individuals on this an other subjects.
  • The information as presented below is simply indefensible.
  • But his phonetic rhymes are often indefensible on his own principle.
  • Much that was lawless, much that was indefensible, had been done by both sides.
  • It matters not a jot how much you try to defend the indefensible it s still wrong pure and simple.
  • It made some indefensible conclusions about the viral infection triggering the production of extra fat cells.
  • If you choose the defense contractor, you've made a morally indefensible discount-rate decision.
  • It's indefensible not to tie teacher and principal evaluations to student progress, state by state.
  • Perhaps not, unless there is a larger point to be made than the old news that he says indefensible things.
  • They judged that they could win even though their bottom-line position was indefensible on its face.
British Dictionary definitions for indefensible


not justifiable or excusable
capable of being disagreed with; untenable
incapable of defence against attack
Derived Forms
indefensibility, indefensibleness, noun
indefensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indefensible

1520s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + defensible. Related: Indefensibly.

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