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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Defensabill, -able, a. Also: -abile, diffensable. [ME. defensable (c 1300), -abill, etc., OF. defensable, late L. dēfensābilis.] Defensive: capable of defence. 1456 Hay I. 131/29.
Ane othir questioun … [is] gif a man may lefully mak were diffensable
Ib. 142/21.
In weris defensable
1494 Edinb. B. Rec. I. 68.
Thair defensabill geir, sik as jak, sellat. briggantenis, gluiffis of plaitt
1549 Compl. 91/34.
Ȝour predecessours hes been in mair dangeir quhen ȝour strynthis and castellis hes nocht been sa defensabil

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