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[dih-fen-suh-buh l] /dɪˈfɛn sə bəl/
capable of being defended against assault or injury:
The troops were bivouacked in a defensible position.
that can be defended in argument; justifiable.
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 forms
defensibility, defensibleness, noun
defensibly, adverb
nondefensibility, noun
nondefensible, adjective
nondefensibleness, noun
nondefensibly, adverb
undefensible, adjective
undefensibleness, noun
undefensibly, adverb
2. suitable, fit, tenable, allowable, warrantable. Unabridged
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  • He contented himself for the moment with making his camp as defensible as possible, and by sending a party to ravage Mewt.

    Rulers of India: Akbar George Bruce Malleson
  • The pasturing of orchards is often defensible and sometimes even desirable.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • He wished to gain possession of the fortress in a defensible state, intending to use it as his own depot later in the year.

  • I have done many things in my political career that are not defensible.

  • Much of the equipment for the Polar mines had already been shifted into defensible ground.

    Ullr Uprising Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for defensible


capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc
Derived Forms
defensibility, defensibleness, noun
defensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for defensible

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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