de·​fen·​si·​ble | \ di-ˈfen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce defensible (audio) \

Definition of defensible

: capable of being defended defensible theories a defensible hill

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defensibility \ di-​ˌfen(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce defensible (audio) , ˌdē-​ \ noun
defensibly \ di-​ˈfen(t)-​sə-​blē How to pronounce defensible (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of defensible in a Sentence

Both candidates hold defensible positions on the issue. Under those circumstances, her actions were completely defensible. Slavery is not morally defensible. The city has a defensible location.
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Recent Examples on the Web The goal is to lessen the risk by maintaining a defensible space that does not add fuel to a fire. oregonlive, 25 May 2021 The city’s airport shut down to commercial traffic because of mortar and rocket fire, and more than 1,000 families have fled into the more defensible city center. New York Times, 13 May 2021 Mare’s actions as defensible, the series nods at the countless ways in which cops can abuse their powers. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2021 Rather, since 2016 when the federal government last released scientifically defensible estimates of the social cost of greenhouse gases, a deluge of new data has emerged on the health effects of climate change. Timothy G. Singer, Scientific American, 17 Apr. 2021 The governor's office said the money would be used for firefighting equipment, including airplanes and helicopters, and land management, including helping residents create defensible space around their homes. NBC News, 16 May 2021 For more information on how to create defensible space and other tips on preparing for wildfires, visit Lauren Hernández, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 May 2021 After Coinbase’s blockbuster market debut last month, some wondered about how defensible the startup’s position was atop the heap of cryptocurrency exchanges. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 12 May 2021 Ramparts forming a defensible boundary around the fortified property are still in place. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of defensible

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for defensible

Middle English defensable, defensible "ready to fight, easily defended," borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Late Latin dēfensābilis "able to be defended," from Latin dēfensāre "to act in defense" (frequentative of dēfendere "to defend") + -bilis "capable (of acting) or worthy of (being acted upon)" — more at -able

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16 Jun 2021

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“Defensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of defensible

: able to be thought of as good or acceptable
: able to be defended or protected : able to be kept safe from damage or harm

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