(BrE) (AmE defenseless) adj.
be, feel, lie (esp. BrE)

He was kicked as he lay defenceless on the ground.

leave sb

They were left virtually defenceless against enemy attack.

completely, totally, utterly

She felt utterly defenceless.

almost, practically, virtually

They were completely defenceless against enemy attack.

poor defenceless

How could anyone steal from a poor defenceless old lady?

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  • defenceless — adj. same as {defenseless}; as, a defenceless child. Syn: defenseless, helpless. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defenceless — (Brit.) de fence·less || lɪs adj. without protection, without defence (also defenseless) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • defenceless — (US defenseless) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ without defence or protection; completely vulnerable. DERIVATIVES defencelessness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • defenceless — adj. BE; AE: defenseless defenceless against (defenceless against any attack) * * * [dɪ fenslɪs] (BE) see defenceless defence pact n. a mutual defenceless defenceless against ( defenceless against any attack) defense pact …   Combinatory dictionary

  • defenceless — [[t]dɪfe̱nsləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED If someone or something is defenceless, they are weak and unable to defend themselves properly. ...a savage attack on a defenceless young girl. ...the kind of leader who would leave the country isolated and… …   English dictionary

  • defenceless — Defenseless De*fense less, a. Destitute of defense; unprepared to resist attack; unable to oppose; unprotected. [Also spelled {defenceless}.] {De*fense less*ly}, adv. {De*fense less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] 2. unarmed; used of persons or the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defenceless — adjective Without defence; undefended. Blind, deaf, and paralysed, the old man was defenceless; and the robbers easily stole all of his money …   Wiktionary

  • defenceless — de|fence|less BrE defenseless AmE [dıˈfensləs] adj weak and unable to protect yourself from attack or harm ▪ a defenceless old lady …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • defenceless — BrE, defenseless AmE weak and unable to protect yourself from attack or harm: a defenceless old lady …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • defenceless — UK [dɪˈfensləs] / US adjective weak and unable to protect yourself It was an evil crime against a defenceless old man …   English dictionary

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