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pregnable

[preg-nuh-buh l] /ˈprɛg nə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being taken or won by force:
a pregnable fortress.
2.
open to attack; assailable:
a pregnable argument.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English prenable < Middle French prenable, pregnable, equivalent to pren- (weak stem of prendre to seize, take < Latin pre(he)ndere; see prehension) + -able -able; -g- perhaps from obsolete expugnable (in same sense)
Related forms
pregnability, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pregnable

pregnable

/ˈprɛɡnəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being assailed or captured
Derived Forms
pregnability, noun
Word Origin
C15 prenable, from Old French prendre to take, from Latin prehendere to lay hold of, catch
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Word Origin and History for pregnable
adj.

1530s, alteration of Middle English preignable, earlier prenable (early 15c.), from Old French prenable "assailable, vulnerable," from stem of prendre "to take, grasp, seize," from Latin prehendere "to take hold of, to seize" (see prehensile).

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