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defensible

[ dih-fen-suh-buhl ]
/ dɪˈfɛn sə bəl /
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adjective
capable of being defended against assault or injury: The troops were bivouacked in a defensible position.
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

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How to use defensible in a sentence

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

  • 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

defensible
/ (dɪˈfɛnsɪbəl) /

adjective
capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc

Derived forms of defensible

defensibility or defensibleness, noundefensibly, adverb
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