Pregnant construction
Pregnant Preg"nant, a. [L. praegnans, -antis; prae before + genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. pr['e]gnant. See {Gender}, 2d {Kin}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Being with young, as a female; having conceived; great with young; breeding; teeming; gravid; preparing to bring forth. [1913 Webster]

2. Heavy with important contents, significance, or issue; full of consequence or results; weighty; as, pregnant replies. `` A pregnant argument.'' --Prynne. `` A pregnant brevity.'' --E. Everett. [1913 Webster]

3. Full of promise; abounding in ability, resources, etc.; as, a pregnant youth. [Obs.] --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

Wherein the pregnant enemy does much. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Pregnant construction} (Rhet.), one in which more is implied than is said; as, the beasts trembled forth from their dens, that is, came forth trembling with fright. [1913 Webster]


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