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“Defenseless” or “Defenceless”


Defenseless and defenceless are both English terms.


Defenseless is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while defenceless is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
defenseless 82 31 38 70 61 34 0 22 0 0 0 0
defenceless 18 69 62 30 39 66 0 78 100 0 0 0

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "defenseless" over "defenceless" (82 to 18).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 69 to 31 preference for "defenceless" over "defenseless".
  • In India, there is a 62 to 38 preference for "defenceless" over "defenseless".
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "defenseless" over "defenceless" (70 to 30).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "defenseless" over "defenceless" (61 to 39).
  • In Australia, there is a 66 to 34 preference for "defenceless" over "defenseless".
  • In Liberia, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "defenseless" and "defenceless".
  • In Ireland, there is a 78 to 22 preference for "defenceless" over "defenseless".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 100 to 0 preference for "defenceless" over "defenseless".
  • In Jamaica, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "defenseless" and "defenceless".
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "defenseless" and "defenceless".
  • In Guyana, there is not enough data to determine a preference between "defenseless" and "defenceless".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use defenseless or defenceless with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “defenseless”

  • and changed their name to "Defenseless Mennonite" in 1908.
  • "butchered" the analysis of two defenseless receiver plays during the telecast
  • pistols which left the user defenseless once they had been fired.
  • stabbing him as he lay defenseless on the lower steps of
  • punishing blows to a now defenseless Morrison before finally ending the
  • As Saxony was close to defenseless, the Swedes could easily push
  • battle of wits, he's the defenseless one.
  • Troy as a battle against defenseless women and children.
  • such a degraded and practically defenseless condition offers so many temptations
  • by making the player mostly defenseless, thus making it vital to

Examples of “defenceless”

  • the command ship in a defenceless state, and destroying it before
  • Gestapo...being so completely helpless, so defenceless against those horrible people is
  • He had bombarded defenceless cities and 'killed' civilians, and
  • complaining that this leaves them defenceless against industrial espionage from the
  • the audience, and the poor defenceless cow."
  • the right to defend the defenceless, that is, churches, widows and
  • your atrocities at Bona on defenceless Christians, and your unbecoming disregard
  • demand better treatment of the defenceless native divers, and Diego, as
  • of no fewer than three defenceless aboriginal women and a child
  • State of Affairs Wherein the Defenceless State of Great Britain is

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