[ dih-fen-suh-buhl ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. defenestration,
  2. defense,
  3. defense mechanism,
  4. defenseless,
  5. defenseman,
  6. defensive,
  7. defensive back,
  8. defensive circle,
  9. defensive driving,
  10. defensive medicine

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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British Dictionary definitions for defensible


/ (dɪˈfɛnsɪbəl) /


capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc
Derived Formsdefensibility or defensibleness, noundefensibly, 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).

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