- defense mechanism,
- defensive back,
- defensive circle,
- defensive driving,
- defensive medicine
Origin of defensible
Examples from the Web for defensible
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|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|DAILY BEAST
This decision was, in many ways, brave (not just in the Sir Humphrey sense) and defensible, but it came at a price.
You may quibble with any of these choices, but as tax subsidies go, they are the most defensible.
The reason I carry around the (defensible, I tell myself) spare tire that I do is cheese.The Freedom to Be Fat? The Politics of Movie Popcorn, Obama, and the FDA|Michael Tomasky|April 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Consequently I prepared myself to render as defensible as possible the post committed to my charge.The Life of a Regimental Officer|A. F. Mockler-Ferryman
Any defensible place, whether made so by nature or by art, is a fastness or stronghold.English Synonyms and Antonyms|James Champlin Fernald
His intentions were, to chastise the tribesmen by burning and blowing up all defensible villages within reach of the troops.The Story of the Malakand Field Force|Sir Winston S. Churchill
Harry's foot opposed them at every defensible point, while the cavalry hung upon their skirts.Friends, though divided|G. A. Henty
It has since been resumed under humaner conditions, which make it as defensible as slavery can ever be.
late 13c., from Old French defensable, from Late Latin defensibilem, from Latin defens-, past participle stem of defendere (see defend).