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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 described the cataract of Glenn's; the impregnable position of its rocky island, with its caverns and its numerous rapids and whirlpools; he named the name of "La Longue Carabine," and paused until the forest beneath them had sent up the last echo of a loud and long yell, with which the hated appellation was received.
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.
Jurgis got up, wild with rage, but the door was shut and the great castle was dark and impregnable.
Sublime is the dominion of the mind over the body, that, for a time, can make flesh and nerve impregnable, and string the sinews like steel, so that the weak become so mighty.
The tower episode solidified my power, and made it impregnable.
She was tall and bony, and almost always wore a coarse apron, fastened over her figure behind with two loops, and having a square impregnable bib in front, that was stuck full of pins and needles.
The first to fall was the Goletta, until then reckoned impregnable, and it fell, not by any fault of its defenders, who did all that they could and should have done, but because experiment proved how easily entrenchments could be made in the desert sand there; for water used to be found at two palms depth, while the Turks found none at two yards; and so by means of a quantity of sandbags they raised their works so high that they commanded the walls of the fort, sweeping them as if from a cavalier, so that no one was able to make a stand or maintain the defence.
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?
Being rendered by her insular situation and her maritime resources impregnable to the armies of her neighbors, the rulers of Great Britain have never been able, by real or artificial dangers, to cheat the public into an extensive peace establishment.
On this point the defence of the Square seems to me to be impregnable.
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.