impregnable

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French imprenable, im- (not), + prendre (to take) +-able (able to be the object of an action). Intrusive g added 16c on model of deign, reign.

Adjective[edit]

impregnable (comparative more impregnable, superlative most impregnable)

  1. (of a fortress, wall, etc., also used figuratively) Too strong to be penetrated.
    • South
      The man's affection remains wholly unconcerned and impregnable.
    • 2011 October 2, Jonathan Jurejko, “Bolton 1 - 5 Chelsea”, BBC Sport:
      And with Bolton suffering a wretched run of five straight home defeats - their worst run in 109 years - Chelsea fans would have been forgiven for expecting a comfortable win.
      But surely they did not anticipate the ease with which their team raced into an almost impregnable half-time lead.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From impregnate +‎ -able, ultimately from Latin impraegnatus (made pregnant).

Adjective[edit]

impregnable (comparative more impregnable, superlative most impregnable)

  1. Capable of being impregnated.
    Following treatment, twenty percent of previously infertile females were impregnable.
    Application of the compound rendered the non-porous surface impregnable.
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References[edit]

  • Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1966).