fen·​ci·​ble | \ ˈfen(t)səbəl \

Definition of fencible

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 fencible— Sir Walter Scott
3 : being of the corps of fencibles fencible and militia regiments


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plural -s

Definition of fencible (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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History and Etymology for fencible


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 6 Jul. 2020.

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