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preg·na·ble

 (prĕg′nə-bəl)
adj.
Being such that attack, seizure, or capture is possible; vulnerable or assailable: a pregnable fortress.

[Middle English preignable, pregnabul, from Old French prenable, pregnauble, from prendre, to grasp, from Latin prehendere, prēndere; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.]

preg′na·bil′i·ty n.
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pregnable

(ˈprɛɡnəbəl)
adj
capable of being assailed or captured
[C15 prenable, from Old French prendre to take, from Latin prehendere to lay hold of, catch]
ˌpregnaˈbility n
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preg•na•ble

(ˈprɛg nə bəl)

adj.
1. capable of being taken by force: a pregnable fortress.
2. open to rebuttal: a pregnable argument.
[1400–50; late Middle English prenable < Middle French pre(g)nable]
preg`na•bil′i•ty, n.
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pregnable

adjective
Open to attack and capture because of a lack of protection:
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