[ in-di-fen-suh-buhl ]
/ ˌɪn dɪˈfɛn sə bəl /
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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.



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Origin of indefensible

First recorded in 1520–30; in-3 + defensible

OTHER WORDS FROM indefensible

in·de·fen·si·bil·i·ty, in·de·fen·si·ble·ness, nounin·de·fen·si·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for indefensible

/ (ˌɪndɪˈfɛnsəbəl) /


not justifiable or excusable
capable of being disagreed with; untenable
incapable of defence against attack

Derived forms of indefensible

indefensibility or indefensibleness, nounindefensibly, adverb
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