Definition of impregnable in English:

impregnable

Syllabification: im·preg·na·ble
Pronunciation: /imˈpreɡnəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

1(Of a fortified position) unable to be captured or broken into: an impregnable wall of solid sandstone figurative the companies are impregnable to takeovers
More example sentences
  • Labyrinthine streets of ancient slum housing traversed the steep hill up to the impregnable city walls.
  • Incredibly sturdy, it had been built to serve as a nuclear bomb shelter if necessary, supposedly an impregnable fortress of civil defense.
  • Yes sir, but we think that the position is impregnable and we can hold it against far superior forces.
Synonyms
1.1Unable to be defeated or destroyed; unassailable: the case against Hastings would have been almost impregnable
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  • He's seen what looked like an impregnable 22-point lead slashed to just two ahead of me.
  • The victory stretched their 100 percent winning sequence to 19 matches and they now have an impregnable nine point lead at the top.
  • Then, without warning, you've got the world's number one goalkeeper in self-destruct mode, the England captain glancing an own goal home and a seemingly impregnable lead overturned.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French imprenable, from in- 'not' + prendre 'take' (from Latin prehendere). The current spelling arose in the 16th century, perhaps influenced by Old French variants.

Derivatives

impregnability

Pronunciation: /-ˌpreɡnəˈbilitē/
noun
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  • But then, in as stark a case of role reversal as you're ever likely to see, over the course of the next 80 minutes or so, Liverpool proceeded to divest the Milanese of their style, impregnability and, finally, their trophy.
  • Standing on high ground above the river Aude, it gives an impression of magnificent impregnability: 52 pointed towers and gate-houses linked by three kilometres of crenellated double ramparts.
  • Meanwhile, at 57, he has reached a level of wealth and celebrity that guarantees a certain impregnability and affords him the right to say whatever he pleases in the knowledge that the consequences will not affect his standing.

impregnably

adverb
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  • The only way to dampen illegal immigration - short of an economic revolution in the sending countries or an impregnably militarized border - is to remove the jobs magnet.
  • His confidence in his own rightness appears to be impregnably complete.
  • The Democrats, for their part, felt this was all part of a Republican coup that is reshaping the US to make it impregnably conservative.

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