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defensible

[dih-fen-suh-buhl]
adjective
  1. capable of being defended against assault or injury: The troops were bivouacked in a defensible position.
  2. that can be defended in argument; justifiable.
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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
Related formsde·fen·si·bil·i·ty, de·fen·si·ble·ness, nounde·fen·si·bly, adverbnon·de·fen·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·de·fen·si·ble, adjectivenon·de·fen·si·ble·ness, nounnon·de·fen·si·bly, adverbun·de·fen·si·ble, adjectiveun·de·fen·si·ble·ness, nounun·de·fen·si·bly, adverb

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Historical Examples

  • This double ground of exclusion and prohibition was most undefensible.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.

    E. Farr and E. H. Nolan


British Dictionary definitions for undefensible

defensible

adjective
  1. capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc
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Derived Formsdefensibility or defensibleness, noundefensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undefensible

defensible

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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