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impregnable1

[im-preg-nuh-buh l] /ɪmˈprɛg nə bəl/
adjective
1.
strong enough to resist or withstand attack; not to be taken by force, unconquerable:
an impregnable fort.
2.
not to be overcome or overthrown:
an impregnable argument.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English impregnable, imprenable < Middle French, equivalent to im- im-2 + prenable pregnable
Related forms
impregnability, impregnableness, noun
impregnably, adverb
Synonyms
1. invulnerable. 1, 2. See invincible. 2. unassailable.
Antonyms
1. vulnerable.

impregnable2

[im-preg-nuh-buh l] /ɪmˈprɛg nə bəl/
adjective
1.
susceptible to impregnation, as an egg.
Origin
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  • In its impregnable vaults it could house a whole battalion of infantry.
  • The city has a miasmic, sweetly offensive odor impregnable to the monsoon or to the daily industrial pollution.
  • The rebel mind had literally exhausted itself in its efforts to render the city impregnable.
  • In fact the forts on the surrounding hills looked impregnable when crowned with the frowning batteries.
  • It is surrounded by an invisible but impregnable wall and a moat full of sharks and crocodiles.
  • In a defensive point of view, the place is regarded as impregnable.
  • Seemingly impregnable tyrannies were humbled by ordinary people who risked their skins demanding fundamental rights.
  • One day soon they may reach a state of perfection: impregnable and pointless.
  • Then, as his career progressed, the newsrooms he worked in became ever more impregnable.
  • Because of its location on a small island of dry land in the midst of a great swamp, he no doubt considered it impregnable.
British Dictionary definitions for impregnable

impregnable1

/ɪmˈprɛɡnəbəl/
adjective
1.
unable to be broken into or taken by force: an impregnable castle
2.
unable to be shaken or overcome: impregnable self-confidence
3.
incapable of being refuted: an impregnable argument
Derived Forms
impregnability, impregnableness, noun
impregnably, adverb
Word Origin
C15 imprenable, from Old French, from im- (not) + prenable able to be taken, from prendre to take

impregnable2

/ɪmˈprɛɡnəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to be impregnated; fertile
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Word Origin and History for impregnable
adj.

early 15c., imprenable "impossible to capture," from Middle French imprenable "invulnerable," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Old French prenable "assailable, vulnerable" (see pregnable). With intrusive -g- 16c., on model of deign, reign, etc. Related: Impregnability.

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