fencible

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adjective

fen·​ci·​ble
ˈfen(t)səbəl
1
chiefly Scottish, of a man
a
: capable of defending or bearing arms for his country
b
: eligible for military service
2
archaic : capable of being defended
this old tower … is fencibleSir Walter Scott
3
: being of the corps of fencibles
fencible and militia regiments

fencible

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noun

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plural -s
: a soldier in a corps enlisted only for home service and for the duration of a war especially in Britain and the U.S. during the second half of the 18th and first half of the 19th centuries

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English fensable, fensible, short for defensable, defensible

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“Fencible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fencible. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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