Thus a stark choice is upon us: We can spend what is necessary to defend the seas, or we can leave them undefended.
Two weeks in the world of wholesome niceness also leaves you undefended and strangely serene and a bit childlike.
The captain now put on his hat, and issued through the undefended gateway, followed by every individual of his family.
Could we not make a sortie and destroy the boats that lay down there all undefended?
This again is undefended and the decree nisi goes as of course.
Straight at Peter's undefended face drove Morella's lance, but lo!
They began streaming across the undefended Rhine and Danube.
Show this Letter to everybody, that it may be known the State is not undefended.
The invaders crossed an undefended sea, and found an undefended coast.
On this rich and undefended country the hungry Roman army was let loose.
mid-13c., from Old French defendre (12c.) "defend, resist," and directly from Latin defendere "ward off, protect, guard, allege in defense," from de- "from, away" (see de-) + -fendere "to strike, push," from PIE root *gwhen- "to strike, kill" (see bane). In the Mercian hymns, Latin defendet is glossed by Old English gescildeð. Related: Defended; defending.