- 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
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Examples from the Web for indefensible
The recent and tragic story of what happened to Isabel Stapleton was, of course, outrageous, indefensible and unforgiveable.The Mommy Blogger Who Tried to Kill Her Autistic Daughter Talks to Dr. Phil
October 1, 2014
His actions could not be defended in an American court, for one basic reason: they are indefensible.Yes, We Scan: Why the NSA Collected Intelligence on Mexico and France
October 22, 2013
What happened yesterday is, equally obviously, indefensible by any human or democratic standard.Coming Clean on Egypt
August 15, 2013
Netanyahu has long been adamant that the 1967 lines were “indefensible” and would not accept them as parameters for talks.Kerry's Talks Are Really Just Maintaining the Status Quo
July 18, 2013
There's also the always reasonable labor leader Richard Trumka, who described the proposed cuts as "wrong and indefensible."Why the Existence of this Obama Budget is a Victory for the Republicans
April 11, 2013
That your communion was unassailable, would not prove that mine was indefensible.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
The use of this word in the sense of determined is not only inelegant but indefensible.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Can any thing more inexcusable and indefensible than this be imagined?
It accused her of some guiltiness, uncommitted and indefensible.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
In the end it is the indefensible truth that lasts; it lasts because it works and serves.First and Last Things
H. G. Wells
- not justifiable or excusable
- capable of being disagreed with; untenable
- incapable of defence against attack
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Word Origin and History for indefensible
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