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.

Origin:
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

defensibility, defensibleness, noun
defensibly, adverb
nondefensibility, noun
nondefensible, adjective
nondefensibleness, noun
nondefensibly, adverb
undefensible, adjective
undefensibleness, noun
undefensibly, adverb


2. suitable, fit, tenable, allowable, warrantable.
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defensible (dɪˈfɛnsɪbəl)
 
adj
capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc
 
defensi'bility
 
n
 
de'fensibleness
 
n
 
de'fensibly
 
adv

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defensible
late 13c., from L.L. defensibilem (c.550), from L. defens-, pp. stem of defendere (see defend).
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Example sentences
Using it on someone's office plant is borderline defensible.
Making the process more egalitarian and morally defensible will take years of
  incremental work.
Our increased commitment to accountability has led to more deliberate,
  defensible, and professional decision-making.
But the question raised by the cobblers is whether this scheme is sustainable
  and ethically defensible.
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