defensible [dih- fen-s uh-b uhl] Synonyms Examples Word Origin 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,
Middle English defensable
Late Latin defēnsābilis,
) (frequentative of
-bilis -ble Related forms 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
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Examples from the Web for defensibility Historical Examples of defensibility
defensibility was practically all the crag fort had to offer by way of attraction.
Mr. Tallmadge's desire not to be interrupted in the act might have enlightened him as to its
defensibility; but he was no casuist.
In ordinary villages the flat-roofed shielings are huddled together without plan or
defensibility of the site as well as the fertility of the soil pointed it out as the best place for the seat of government. British Dictionary definitions for defensibility capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc Derived Forms defensibility or defensibleness, noun defensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for defensibility 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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