One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Vulnerable to attack; not impregnable.‘the fort's pregnable approaches’
in danger, in peril, in jeopardy, at risk, endangered, unsafe, unprotected, ill-protected, unguardedView synonyms
- ‘Are our cities' public transportation systems pregnable to attack?’
- ‘They are more pregnable than banks; and routine deliveries of cash for pensions or benefit payouts makes it easier to plan a robbery.’
Late Middle English: from Old French prenable, literally ‘takable’, from Latin prehendere ‘seize’. The g was sometimes written in French, perhaps indicating palatal n, but has come to be pronounced as a separate sound in English.
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