- without weapons or armor.
- not having claws, thorns, scales, etc., as animals or plants.
- (of an artillery shell) not armed.
Origin of unarmed
- to deprive or relieve of arms; disarm.
Origin of unarm
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Examples from the Web for unarmed
Policemen on the show joke about prison riots, bomb threats, and the shooting of unarmed civilians.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops
January 9, 2015
Gunfire was exchanged and Sam, who was unarmed, was wounded.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Garner believed that he could stand on a public street, unarmed, and address police officers rationally.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
By allowing him to live, Marshal avoided the shame of killing an unarmed heir-apparent.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
The only way to stop cops from killing young, unarmed black men is to convince Americans that their lives truly matter.The Only Way to End Police Violence
December 5, 2014
You are three armed and mounted men, and we are only two, unarmed and on foot.In the Midst of Alarms
Yes, of course; mercy--and comfort--and every sort of unarmed aid--to rebels.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Easton and I were unarmed, but the Eskimos each carried a 45-90 Winchester rifle.The Long Labrador Trail
Unarmed and taken at a vantage, I was struck down and pinioned in a moment.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
She was alone and unarmed against four, so there could be no danger.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
- without weapons
- (of animals and plants) having no claws, prickles, spines, thorns, or similar structures
- of or relating to a projectile that does not use a detonator to initiate explosive action
- a less common word for disarm
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Word Origin and History for unarmed
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