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  1. a Scot word for defensible
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  1. (formerly) a person who undertook military service in immediate defence of his homeland only
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Examples from the Web for fencible

Historical Examples

  • In his fifteenth year he enlisted in a fencible regiment, which was afterwards stationed at Inverness.

    The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV.


  • He concludes that about one fencible man in eleven was killed, and every eleventh family burned out.

  • Let fencible men, each party in its own range of streets, keep watch and ward, all night.

    The French Revolution

    Thomas Carlyle

  • This beautiful girl was, about the year 1795, kept as a mistress by an adjutant of a Scotch regiment of fencible cavalry.

Word Origin and History for fencible


early 14c., "capable of making a defense," short for defensible; see fence (n.) + -ible.

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