/preg"neuh beuhl/, adj.
1. capable of being taken or won by force: a pregnable fortress.
2. open to attack; assailable: a pregnable argument.
[1400-50; late ME prenable < MF prenable, pregnable, equiv. to pren- (weak s. of prendre to seize, take < L pre(he)ndere; see PREHENSION) + -able -ABLE; -g- perh. from obs. expugnable (in same sense)]

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  • Pregnable — Preg na*ble, a., [F. prenable. See {Impregnable}.] Capable of being entered, taken, or captured; expugnable; as, a pregnable fort. [R.] Cotgrave. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pregnable — index disabled (made incapable), helpless (defenseless), indefensible, open (accessible), penetrable, powerless …   Law dictionary

  • pregnable — [preg′nə bəl] adj. [altered (infl. by PREGNANT) < ME prenable < MFr < prendre, to take < L prehendere: see PREHENSILE] 1. that can be captured, as a fortress 2. that can be attacked or injured; assailable or vulnerable pregnability n …   English World dictionary

  • pregnable — preg•na•ble [[t]ˈprɛg nə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) capable of being taken by force: a pregnable fortress[/ex] 2) open to rebuttal: a pregnable argument[/ex] • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME prenable < MF pre(g) nable preg na•bil′i•ty, n …   From formal English to slang

  • pregnable — adjective Etymology: alteration of Middle English prenable, from Anglo French more at impregnable Date: 14th century vulnerable to capture < a pregnable fort > • pregnability noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pregnable — adjective vulnerable to attack …   Wiktionary

  • pregnable — Synonyms and related words: aidless, assailable, attackable, beatable, conquerable, defenseless, expugnable, fatherless, friendless, guideless, helpless, leaderless, motherless, penetrable, surmountable, unfriended, unprotected, untenable,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pregnable — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. vulnerable, assailable. See danger. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Open to attack and capture because of a lack of protection: assailable, attackable, vincible, vulnerable. See STRONG …   English dictionary for students

  • pregnable — pregnÉ™bl adj. assailable, open to attack; conquerable, vanquishable, vincible; vulnerable, penetrable …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pregnable — adjective vulnerable to attack. Origin ME: from OFr. prenable, from L. prehendere seize …   English new terms dictionary

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