American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being such that attack, seizure, or capture is possible; vulnerable or assailable: a pregnable fortress.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Capable of being taken or won by force; expugnable.
- Capable of being moved, impressed, or convinced.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Capable of being entered, taken, or captured; expugnable.
- Middle English preignable, pregnabul, from Old French prenable, pregnauble, from prendre, to grasp, from Latin prehendere, prēndere; see ghend- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Only after Tunisia's longtime president fled his North African country last month did Mr. Mubarak's grip on power seem pregnable.”
“Got estrogen young and pregnable - young cute face.”
“There comes therefore the Statesman who acknowledges to himself that he will be pregnable.”
“Not im-pregnable, but as close to it as Necromonger technol-ogy could make it.”
“But though she recognized an egotist in the settee, she felt none of that usual shutting of doors in her mind which meant clearing ship for action; on the contrary her instinct told her that this man was somehow completely pregnable and quite defenseless.”
“American, German, and Turkish forces descended on "im - pregnable" Rostov from land, sea, and air, destroyed a crack Guards Army in days.”
“Mathematical Demonstrations being built upon the im - pregnable Foundation of Geometry and Arithmetick are the only Truths that can sink into the mind of Man void of all Uncertainty; and all other Discourses participate more or less of Truth according as their subjects are more or less capable of Mathematical Demonstration”
“He did not, he simply could not believe that his base was as pregnable as the coordinator had assumed it to be.”
“It makes a breach in the blank wall, and the whole is now pregnable.”
“Let us assail this castle: it is pregnable: we shall have double honour.”
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