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defensible

[dih-fen-suh-buh l] /dɪˈfɛn sə bəl/
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 of defensible
1250-1300
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 forms
defensibility, defensibleness, noun
defensibly, adverb
nondefensibility, noun
nondefensible, adjective
nondefensibleness, noun
nondefensibly, adverb
undefensible, adjective
undefensibleness, noun
undefensibly, adverb
Synonyms
2. suitable, fit, tenable, allowable, warrantable.
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defensible

/dɪˈfɛnsɪbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being defended, as in war, an argument, etc
Derived Forms
defensibility, defensibleness, noun
defensibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for 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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