No one who reads his private correspondence will admit that even his least defensible acts were dictated by dishonourable motives.
John Morley (Oliver Cromwell, p. 2 9 7) has truly observed of the execution of Charles I., that it was "an act of war, and was just as defensible or just as assailable, and on the same grounds, as the war itself."
Almost immediately afterwards an agitation of a still less defensible character broke out in various towns under the guise of anti-clericalism.
The Church of Rome has discouraged these daring tactics in favour of the more cautious and probably more defensible positions of Aquinas.
With this use of the word, philologically inexact, but historically quite defensible, may be compared the use of the word English, which is not exactly the language of the Angles, or of the word French, which is not exactly the language of the Franks.