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Examples of impregnable in a Sentence
an impregnable fortress that had foiled one invader after another over the centuries
the castle's supposedly impregnable walls
Recent Examples of impregnable from the Web
The Warriors are now 0-5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Grizzlies, and the air of inevitability and invincibility that surrounded this team isn’t quite as impregnable anymore.
But so is the notion that no family can ever be made impregnable, that families are social structures existing within larger social structures.
Ever since Thomas Jefferson brought it back from Europe in 1787, mac and cheese has occupied a seemingly impregnable position in the National Pantheon of Culinary Delights.
The encryption methods that protect everything from online shopping to diplomatic communications remain effectively impregnable when properly implemented, even if, in practice, there are frequent breaches—whistle-blowers, careless clicks, and so on.
Mr. Ryan implored the donors not to assume that the House was impregnable and not to entirely focus their efforts on retaining the Senate.
In Westeros and its counterpart Essos, characters marvel over wonders like the Wall, the impregnable Eyrie, and the massive Titan of Braavos—constructs that these cultures would never be able to build in the present.
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Did You Know?
Since the days when the Norman French ruled England, English-speakers have been captured by the allure of French terms. Impregnable is one of the many English words that bear a French ancestry. It derives from the Middle French verb prendre, which means "to take or capture." Combining prendre with various prefixes has given our language many other words, too, including surprise, reprise and enterprise.
Origin and Etymology of impregnable
Middle English imprenable, from Middle French, from in- + prenable vulnerable to capture, from prendre to take — more at prize
First Known Use: 15th century
IMPREGNABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impregnable for English Language Learners
: not able to be captured by attack : very strong
: not likely to be weakened or changed
IMPREGNABLE Defined for Kids
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