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im·preg·na·ble 1

 (ĭm-prĕg′nə-bəl)
adj.
1. Impossible to capture or enter by force: an impregnable fortress.
2. Difficult or impossible to attack, challenge, or refute with success: an impregnable argument.

[Middle English imprenable, from Old French : in-, not (from Latin in-; see in-1) + prenable, pregnauble, pregnable; see pregnable.]

im·preg′na·bly adv.

im·preg·na·ble 2

 (ĭm-prĕg′nə-bəl)
adj.
Capable of being impregnated.

impregnable

(ɪmˈprɛɡnəbəl)
adj
1. unable to be broken into or taken by force: an impregnable castle.
2. unable to be shaken or overcome: impregnable self-confidence.
3. incapable of being refuted: an impregnable argument.
[C15 imprenable, from Old French, from im- (not) + prenable able to be taken, from prendre to take]
imˌpregnaˈbility, imˈpregnableness n
imˈpregnably adv

impregnable

(ɪmˈprɛɡnəbəl) or

impregnatable

adj
able to be impregnated; fertile

im•preg•na•ble

(ɪmˈprɛg nə bəl)

adj.
1. strong enough to resist or withstand attack; unconquerable: an impregnable fort.
2. irrefutable; unassailable.
[1400–50; late Middle English impregnable, imprenable < Middle French, =im- im-2 + prenable pregnable]
im•preg`na•bil′i•ty, im•preg′na•ble•ness, n.
im•preg′na•bly, adv.
syn: See invincible.

impregnable

- Means "incapable of being taken by force" (from French prendre, "seize").
See also related terms for incapable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impregnable - immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with; "an impregnable fortress"; "fortifications that made the frontier inviolable"; "a secure telephone connection"
invulnerable - immune to attack; impregnable; "gunners raked the beach from invulnerable positions on the cliffs"
2.impregnable - capable of conceiving
fertile - capable of reproducing
3.impregnable - incapable of being overcome, challenged or refuted; "an impregnable argument"; "impregnable self-confidence"
unconquerable - not capable of being conquered or vanquished or overcome; "a tribute to his courage...and his unconquerable will"- R.E.Danielson; "faced unconquerable difficulties"

impregnable

impregnable

adjective
Incapable of being conquered, overrun, or subjugated:
Translations

impregnable

[ɪmˈpregnəbl] ADJ [castle] → inexpugnable (lit, fig) [position] → invulnerable

impregnable

[ɪmˈprɛgnəbəl] adj
[fortress] → imprenable
(fig) [position, person] → inattaquable
impregnable to attack → inattaquable

impregnable

adj (Mil) fortress, defencesuneinnehmbar; (fig) positionunerschütterlich; argumentunwiderlegbar, unumstößlich

impregnable

[ɪmˈprɛgnəbl] adj (fortress, defences) → inespugnabile (fig) (person, group) → inattaccabile
References in classic literature ?
He was not therefore greatly pleased with this cold answer of his nephew; nor could he help launching forth into the praises of Sophia, and expressing some wonder that the heart of a young man could be impregnable to the force of such charms, unless it was guarded by some prior affection.
For I was not prepared to see Father Mapple after gaining the height, slowly turn round, and stooping over the pulpit, deliberately drag up the ladder step by step, till the whole was deposited within, leaving him impregnable in his little Quebec.
Unerringly impelling this dead, impregnable, uninjurable wall, and this most buoyant thing within; there swims behind it all a mass of tremendous life, only to be adequately estimated as piled wood is --by the cord; and all obedient to one volition, as the smallest insect.
Even the wise and mysterious therns of Barsoom, that ancient cult which for countless ages has been credited with holding the secret of life and death in their impregnable fastnesses upon the hither slopes of the Mountains of Otz, are as ignorant as we.
To those who are disposed to consider, as innocent omissions in the State constitutions, what they regard as unpardonable blemishes in the plan of the convention, nothing can be said; or at most, they can only be asked to assign some substantial reason why the representatives of the people in a single State should be more impregnable to the lust of power, or other sinister motives, than the representatives of the people of the United States?
On this point the defence of the Square seems to me to be impregnable.
But when the victorious Romans brought with them the heavy solid fortifications impregnable to the weapons of the time, its commanding position alone ensured its adequate building and equipment.
There was not a guard in sight without the palace, due, I presume, to the fact that the city and palace walls were considered impregnable, and so I came close and peered within.
Here, at least, was a citadel impregnable by right-hand defections or left-hand extremes.
Impregnable Malta surrenders without a shot; his most reckless schemes are crowned with success.
Bartholomew in 1572; and then, above all this, this extreme measure, which was not at all repugnant to the king, good Catholic as he was, always fell before this argument of the besieging generals--La Rochelle is impregnable except to famine.
Fallen is the wall on which we relied as an impregnable bulwark both for us and our fleet.