impregnable

  • 1Impregnable — Im*preg na*ble, a. [F. imprenable; pref. im not + prenable pregnable, fr. prendre to take, L. prehendere. See {Comprehend}, {Get} to obtain.] Not to be stormed, or taken by assault; incapable of being subdued; able to resist attack;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2impregnable — impregnable1 [im preg′nə bəl] adj. [ME imprenable < OFr: see IN 2 & PREGNABLE] 1. not capable of being captured or entered by force 2. unshakable; unyielding; firm [an impregnable belief] impregnability n. impregnably adv. imp …

    English World dictionary

  • 3Impregnable — Im*preg na*ble, a. [See Impregnate.] (Biol.) Capable of being impregnated, as the egg of an animal, or the ovule of a plant. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4impregnable — index defensible, immune, inappealable, incontestable, indomitable, inexpugnable, insuperable, insurmountable …

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  • 5imprégnable — [ɛ̃pʀeɲabl] adj. ÉTYM. 1803; de imprégner. ❖ ♦ Rare. Qui peut être imprégné (II.) …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 6impregnable — (adj.) early 15c., imprenable impossible to capture, from M.Fr. imprenable invulnerable, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + O.Fr. prenable assailable, vulnerable, from stem of prendre to take, grasp, from L.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7impregnable — inexpugnable, unassailable, invulnerable, *invincible, unconquerable, indomitable Analogous words: secure, *safe: protected, shielded, guarded, safeguarded, defended (see DEFEND) Contrasted words: exposed, open, *liable, susceptible, subject …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8impregnable — [adj] unyielding firm, fortified, impenetrable, indestructible, invincible, invulnerable, secure, solid, strong, unassailable; concepts 489,540,551 …

    New thesaurus

  • 9impregnable — adj. Dicho de un cuerpo: Capaz de ser impregnado …

    Diccionario de la lengua española

  • 10impregnable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) unable to be captured or broken into. 2) unable to be overcome. DERIVATIVES impregnability noun impregnably adverb. ORIGIN Old French imprenable, from in not + prendre take …

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  • 11impregnable — [[t]ɪmpre̱gnəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ If you describe a building or other place as impregnable, you mean that it cannot be broken into or captured. The old Dutch fort with its thick high walls looks virtually impregnable... In those impregnable… …

    English dictionary

  • 12impregnable — im|preg|na|ble [ ım pregnəbl ] adjective 1. ) a place that is impregnable is very well protected and difficult to attack 2. ) someone who is in an impregnable position is very difficult to defeat or remove: The President s position is no longer… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13impregnable — adjective 1 a building that is impregnable is so strong that no one can get into it by force: an impregnable fortress 2 formal attitudes, opinions etc that are impregnable cannot be changed or influenced: her impregnable obstinacy impregnably… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14impregnable — UK [ɪmˈpreɡnəb(ə)l] / US adjective 1) a place that is impregnable is very well protected and difficult to attack 2) someone who is in an impregnable position is very difficult to defeat or remove The Prime Minister s position is no longer… …

    English dictionary

  • 15impregnable — impregnable1 impregnability, impregnableness, n. impregnably, adv. /im preg neuh beuhl/, adj. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 16impregnable — im|preg|na|ble [ımˈpregnəbəl] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: imprenable impossible to capture , from prendre to take ] 1.) a building that is impregnable is so strong that it cannot be entered by force ▪ an impregnable… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17impregnable — adjective Etymology: Middle English imprenable, from Middle French, from in + prenable vulnerable to capture, from prendre to take more at prize Date: 15th century 1. incapable of being taken by assault ; unconquerable < an impregnable fortress > …

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  • 18impregnable — adjective 1) the fortress is impregnable Syn: invulnerable, impenetrable, unassailable, inviolable, secure, strong, well fortified, well defended; invincible, unconquerable, unbeatable, indestructible Ant: vulnerable …

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  • 19impregnable — im•preg•na•ble [[t]ɪmˈprɛg nə bəl[/t]] adj. 1) strong enough to resist or withstand attack; unconquerable: an impregnable fort[/ex] 2) irrefutable; unassailable • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME impregnable, imprenable &LT; MF, = im II+prenable&#8230; …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20impregnable — /ɪmˈprɛgnəbəl / (say im pregnuhbuhl) adjective 1. strong enough to resist attack; not to be taken by force: an impregnable fort. 2. not to be overcome or overthrown: an impregnable argument. {Middle English imprenable, from French, from im im 2 + …

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