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

Other Words from defensible

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Berggruen's preference for ideas with impact is defensible in itself. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 8 Apr. 2022 Most Californians know there should be 100 feet of defensible space around homes. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 June 2022 Fire officials also asked residents to create 100 feet of defensible space around buildings on their property and to plant fire resistant and drought-tolerant plants. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 May 2022 The test car, painted in Melbourne Red Metallic and gilded with $9,225 worth of options—including uprated rear differential and brakes, sport suspension and steering—went out the door for an entirely defensible, obviously sensible $46,570. Dan Neil, WSJ, 19 May 2022 But many of its catastrophes are now defensible, if not celebrated. Darren Franich,, 3 Feb. 2022 This year, given limited in-person gathering due to the pandemic, the focus is on helping homeowners create defensible space around their homes. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 To protect against the effects of wildfires, for instance, schools can create a defensible space around their buildings or install better air filtration systems to deal with smoke. Andrea Stanley, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2022 That's morally defensible but not going to happen without weeks of fighting. Mark Cancian, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 Jul 2022

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“Defensible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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