Definition of defensible adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈfensəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈfensəbl//
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  1. 1able to be supported by reasons or arguments that show that it is right or should be allowed Is abortion morally defensible? Is it morally defensible to deny legal advice to a prisoner? There is no defensible basis for this argument. opposite indefensible
  2. 2(of a place) able to be defended from an attack
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘capable of giving protective defence’): from late Latin defensibilis, from Latin defendere, from de- ‘off’ + -fendere ‘to strike’.
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