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    indefensible vs. undefendable

    Can I use the word "undefendable" instead of "indefensible" in the following sentence? I know that "indefensible" would sound more natural, but is my version acceptable (albeit less often used) too?

    I don’t care if you’d had too much to drink. Your behavior last night was quite undefendable.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: indefensible vs. undefendable

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Can I use the word "undefendable" instead of "indefensible" in the following sentence? I know that "indefensible" would sound more natural, but is my version acceptable (albeit less often used) too?

    I don’t care if you’d had too much to drink. Your behavior last night was quite undefendable.
    It's not natural English.

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    Re: indefensible vs. undefendable

    You're right that it's more natural. COCA has 'indefensible' collocating with 'behavior' three times, and 'undefendable' never. BNC has 'indefensible' collocating with 'behaviour' once [I added the U, to make the comparison fair], and 'undefendable' never. So why not 'go with the flow'?

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    #4

    Re: indefensible vs. undefendable

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    So why not 'go with the flow'?
    Let me tell you why. This was a part of a test in which I was given only a root of a word, in this case it was "defend", and then I had to derive a word that would fit the context using the given root. I used "udefendable" and wondered if it's acceptable. Sadly for me, it isn't.
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