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Definition of "defensible" []

  • Capable of being defended, protected, or justified: defensible arguments. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "defensible" in a sentence
  • "But what's worrisome is that firefighters were desperate to keep this fire south of Highway 18, because if it jumps to the north, what's behind it is nothing, and what they call defensible space."
  • "PAXSON: Well, there's a lot that can be saved because there's openings and some of the houses are not built in the deep forest and some of the houses have what we call defensible space, where brush and dead fuels and that sort of things have been removed; metal roofs help a lot."
  • "Along with the zero overhang on roofs a simple metal shutter system to cover the windows when the owners evacuate will help keep the glazing intact when the super heated blast travels through the subdivision. the next part of the equation is to provide what we call defensible space."