- capable of being taken or won by force: a pregnable fortress.
- open to attack; assailable: a pregnable argument.
Origin of pregnable
Related Wordsaccessible, assailable, defenseless, exposed, liable, naked, ready, sensitive, sucker, susceptible, tender, thin-skinned, unguarded, unprotected, unsafe, vincible, weak
Examples from the Web for pregnable
There comes therefore the Statesman who acknowledges to himself that he will be pregnable.The Duke's Children
Let us assail this castle: it is pregnable: we shall have double honour.Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)
Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
From the reports of his spies regarding Bergerac, he thought the place was pregnable.The History of Chivalry, Volume II (of 2)
A cute old soul was Biddy, and extensive the knowledge experience had given her of the pregnable points of general character.The Bunsby papers
At the inhospitable silence they waxed restive; they assaulted and forced the pregnable barriers, and invaded the premises.Heart of the West
- capable of being assailed or captured
Word Origin and History for pregnable
1530s, alteration of Middle English preignable, earlier prenable (early 15c.), from Old French prenable "assailable, vulnerable," from stem of prendre "to take, grasp, seize," from Latin prehendere "to take hold of, to seize" (see prehensile).