- 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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How to use defensible in a sentence
Cheney’s position is both defensible and has been defended — but more than 60 of her colleagues voted Wednesday night to strip her of her role.The Republican Party divide is not about politics. It’s about culture. | Philip Bump | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Using a challenge on that particular play, which wasn’t close to being overturned, was terrible judgment but defensible strategy.What to know from NFL playoffs first round: Lamar Jackson wins and Tom Brady finds a way | Adam Kilgore | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
A highly functional shot of protein, shelf-stable and cheap, it seemed morally defensible as long as it sported the logos certifying that it was dolphin-safe and sustainably fished.
Nicole Capretz, executive director of the Climate Action Campaign, said she expects the new board to finally develop a legally defensible Climate Action Plan that meets state goals to reduce carbon emissions.
So this dual focus has been made clear and is ethically defensible, which helps in garnering the support of citizens – who are, after all, the voters.The Reward For Good Pandemic Leadership: Lessons From Jacinda Ardern’s New Zealand Reelection | LGBTQ-Editor | October 24, 2020 | No Straight News
He also believed, as a matter of political prudence, that the commercials had to be defensible on matters of fact.David Garth, the Consultant Who Talked Up to Voters | Jeff Greenfield | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The change could be defensible, but Justice Stevens does not offer any detailed defense of this change.Change the Constitution in Six Easy Steps? It Won’t Be That Simple, Justice Stevens | Richard L. Hasen | April 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What the president has offered may not be ideal, but it is entirely defensible in terms of the real, the possible, and the fair.As GOP Sinks Plan B, Obama Should Tune Out His Own Party’s Doubters | Robert Shrum | December 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This decision was, in many ways, brave (not just in the Sir Humphrey sense) and defensible, but it came at a price.
Both statements are technically defensible (and could conceivably reflect my thinking).
Considering the modes of ancient warfare, Egypt was one of the most defensible countries in the world.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
The result of this movement would of course be to bring the train into a compact mass and render it more defensible.Overland | John William De Forest
On the other hand, the Turks had just as much fear of entering there, for the position was eminently defensible.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
By repairing the rents in the walls, Rome might yet be made defensible.Theodoric the Goth | Thomas Hodgkin
He repaired the fortifications of Jaffa and Cæsarea, and assisted the Templars in putting the country into a defensible state.The History of the Knights Templars, the Temple Church, and the Temple | Charles G. Addison
British Dictionary definitions for defensible
capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc
- defensibility or defensibleness, noun
- defensibly, adverb
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