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defensible

[dih-fen-suh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being defended against assault or injury: The troops were bivouacked in a defensible position.
  2. that can be defended in argument; justifiable.
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Origin of defensible

1250–1300; Middle English < Late Latin defēnsibilis, equivalent to Latin defēns(us) (see defense) + -ibilis -ible; replacing Middle English defensable < Old French < Late Latin defēnsābilis, equivalent to defēnsā(re) (frequentative of dēfendere to defend) + -bilis -ble
Related formsde·fen·si·bil·i·ty, de·fen·si·ble·ness, nounde·fen·si·bly, adverbnon·de·fen·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·de·fen·si·ble, adjectivenon·de·fen·si·ble·ness, nounnon·de·fen·si·bly, adverbun·de·fen·si·ble, adjectiveun·de·fen·si·ble·ness, nounun·de·fen·si·bly, adverb

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2. suitable, fit, tenable, allowable, warrantable.
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defensible

adjective
  1. capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc
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Derived Formsdefensibility or defensibleness, noundefensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for defensible

adj.

late 13c., from Old French defensable, from Late Latin defensibilem, from Latin defens-, past participle stem of defendere (see defend).

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