Definition of defensible in English:

defensible

Line breaks: de¦fens|ible
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɛnsɪb(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Justifiable by argument: a morally defensible penal system
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  • But are the censors' actions justified or defensible?
  • This is a substantially weaker thesis, and I shall assume for purposes of argument that it is defensible.
  • I'm not sure how much of this is reasonable, defensible, arguable.
Synonyms
justifiable, arguable, tenable, defendable, maintainable, sustainable, supportable, plausible, well founded, sound, sensible, reasonable, rational, logical, able to hold water; acceptable, satisfactory, valid, legitimate, warrantable, permissible, excusable, pardonable, understandable, condonable, vindicable
2Able to be protected: a fort with a defensible yard at its feet
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  • This is to support the people of the country and to secure defensible borders for them.
  • But if they decided to move in strength, he would never be able to stop them, however defensible the Gullet might be.
  • The tactic of climbing over the side of the mountain, rather than maintaining a defensible position, was not militarily sound.
Synonyms
secure, safe, fortified, protectable, able to be protected, holdable; invulnerable, impregnable, impenetrable, unattackable, unassailable

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'capable of giving protective defence'): from late Latin defensibilis, from Latin defendere (see defend).

Derivatives

defensibility

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
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  • But hopefully it will also allow us to increase our defensibility.
  • Once the matter is formulated in this way, however, the important question is not so much the defensibility of the modest essentialist position as its significance.
  • Legal defensibility of the tests is also an important component.

defensibly

adverb
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  • In some ways Lewis's theory is the diametric opposite of the equally clear-cut theory first proposed by Jaakko Hintikka (that Cubism is rigorously and defensibly realism) - a theory Lewis in effect ascribes to Clark.
  • A design problem in writing a short piece is that insufficient space to say things defensibly inevitably generates misunderstandings.
  • Commercial country music might defensibly be described as a ‘verbal’ art form.

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