[ dih-fen-suh-buhl ]
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  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.

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

Other words for defensible

Other words from defensible

  • de·fen·si·bil·i·ty, de·fen·si·ble·ness, noun
  • de·fen·si·bly, adverb
  • non·de·fen·si·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·de·fen·si·ble, adjective
  • non·de·fen·si·ble·ness, noun
  • non·de·fen·si·bly, adverb
  • un·de·fen·si·ble, adjective
  • un·de·fen·si·ble·ness, noun
  • un·de·fen·si·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use defensible in a sentence

  • In ordinary villages the flat-roofed shielings are huddled together without plan or defensibility.

    The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
  • Mr. Tallmadge's desire not to be interrupted in the act might have enlightened him as to its defensibility; but he was no casuist.

    The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
  • The defensibility of the site as well as the fertility of the soil pointed it out as the best place for the seat of government.

  • But its defensibility was practically all the crag fort had to offer by way of attraction.

    Rung Ho! | Talbot Mundy

British Dictionary definitions for defensible


/ (dɪˈfɛnsɪbəl) /

  1. capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc

Derived forms of defensible

  • defensibility or defensibleness, noun
  • defensibly, adverb

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