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.
- in·de·fen·si·bil·i·ty, in·de·fen·si·ble·ness, noun
- in·de·fen·si·bly, adverb
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How to use indefensible in a sentence
Vaccine nationalism, where a handful of nations have taken the lion’s share, is morally indefensible and an ineffective public health strategy against a respiratory virus that is mutating quickly.What you should know about COVID booster shots so far | Sara Chodosh | July 13, 2021 | Popular-Science
In an interview in the 1920s, Averell Harriman explained, “It is indefensible for a man who has capital not to apply himself diligently to using it in a way that will be of most benefit to his country.”What America's Plutocrats Today Should Learn From Past Generations | Zachary Karabell | June 9, 2021 | Time
To be fair, Breyer doesn’t really try to defend the indefensible claim that Gorsuch does not take a “conservative” approach in the sort of politically charged cases that divide the Court, or that Ginsburg was not “liberal.”Justice Breyer’s new warning for Democrats couldn’t have come at a worse time | Ian Millhiser | May 29, 2021 | Vox
He wrote on Twitter that he has “never found the decisions of the council so indefensible.”Who Will Be Iran's Next President and What Does It Mean for the Region | Ian Bremmer | May 29, 2021 | Time
The execs we spoke to said it is inherently indefensible from a legal point of view.Google’s privacy plan brings changes, but not as many as marketers think | Seb Joseph | April 14, 2021 | Digiday
Clay engineered the morally indefensible Missouri Compromise.
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 | Elizabeth Picciuto | October 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Disproportionate death tolls, tragic though they may be, are an excuse to place Israel in an utterly indefensible position.
The misuse of Sandy funds is not only morally indefensible but potentially criminal.A Mob-Defying Former Mayor Knows Why New Jersey Is So Corrupt | Burt Ross | February 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was perfectly clear already that the 1,600 Marines there were in imminent danger, their position almost indefensible.30 Years After the Beirut Bombing We Have Learned Nothing | Christopher Dickey | October 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is nothing like a plaintive retort when your case is utterly indefensible.
Would not silence be construed by the world as meaning that the cause dear to the heart of God's people is indefensible?
They are not much worse than the Strephon and the Chloe class, in which our ancestors delighted; still, they are indefensible.Sword and Gown | George A. Lawrence
The nobles had resort to a still more indefensible measure than the expulsion of their métayers.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 2 of 3) | John Morley
To go below this point of particular cost would obviously be indefensible from every point of view.Railroads: Rates and Regulations | William Z. Ripley
British Dictionary definitions for indefensible
not justifiable or excusable
capable of being disagreed with; untenable
incapable of defence against attack
- indefensibility or indefensibleness, noun
- indefensibly, adverb
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