- to challenge as false (another's statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon.
- Archaic. to assail (a person) by words or arguments; vilify.
- Obsolete. to attack (a person) physically.
Origin of impugn
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Related Words for impugnablehazardous, dangerous, uncertain, unhealthy, touchy, unsettled, insecure, shaky, risky, unreliable, rocky, unstable, delicate, ticklish, slippery, unsteady, problematic, perilous, dicey, indecisive
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Historical Examples of impugnable
The only impugnable matter in the deed lies, as has been said, in the number of cardinals so created at a batch.The Life of Cesare Borgia
- (tr) to challenge or attack as false; assail; criticize
Word Origin for impugn
C14: from Old French impugner, from Latin impugnāre to fight against, attack, from im- + pugnāre to fight
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