defensibly

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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