[ preg-nuh-buh l ]
/ ˈprɛg nə bəl /


capable of being taken or won by force: a pregnable fortress.
open to attack; assailable: a pregnable argument.

Nearby words

  1. preggo,
  2. preggy,
  3. pregl,
  4. pregl, fritz,
  5. preglacial,
  6. pregnancy,
  7. pregnancy gingivitis,
  8. pregnane,
  9. pregnanediol,
  10. pregnanedione

Origin of pregnable

1400–50; late Middle English prenable < Middle French prenable, pregnable, equivalent to pren- (weak stem of prendre to seize, take < Latin pre(he)ndere; see prehension) + -able -able; -g- perhaps from obsolete expugnable (in same sense)

Related formspreg·na·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pregnable


/ (ˈprɛɡnəbəl) /


capable of being assailed or captured
Derived Formspregnability, noun

Word Origin for pregnable

C15 prenable, from Old French prendre to take, from Latin prehendere to lay hold of, catch

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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).

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