SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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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British Dictionary definitions for defensibly adjective 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 defensibly 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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