pregnant

{{11}}pregnant (adj.) late 14c., "cogent, convincing, compelling" (of evidence, an argument, etc.), from O.Fr. preignant, prp. of preindre, from earlier priembre, from L. premere "to press" (see PRESS (Cf. press) (v.1)). Sense of "full of meaning" is from c.1400. Meaning "with child" is early 15c., from L. praegnantem (nom. praegnans, originally praegnas) "with child," lit. "before birth," probably from prae- "before" (see PRE- (Cf. pre-)) + root of gnasci "be born" (see GENUS (Cf. genus)). Retained its status as a taboo word until c.1950; modern euphemisms include anticipating, enceinte, expecting, in a family way, in a delicate (or interesting) condition. O.E. terms included mid-bearne, lit. "with child;" bearn-eaca, lit. "child-adding" or "child-increasing;" and geacnod "increased." Among c.1800 slang terms for "pregnant" were poisoned (in reference to the swelling).
{{12}}pregnant (1) "convincing, weighty, pithy," late 14c., from O.Fr. preignant, prp. of preindre, from earlier priembre, from L. premere "to press" (see PRESS (Cf. press) (v.1)).

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  • pregnant — PREGNÁNT, Ă, pregnanţi, te, adj. Care iese în relief, care se impune prin evidenţă; vizibil, clar, evident; expresiv. – Din germ. prägnant, fr. prégnant. cf. it. p r e g n a n t e. Trimis de RACAI, 21.10.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  PREGNÁNT adj. 1. v.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Pregnant — Preg nant, a. [L. praegnans, antis; prae before + genere, gignere, to beget: cf. F. pr[ e]gnant. See {Gender}, 2d {Kin}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Being with young, as a female; having conceived; great with young; breeding; teeming; gravid; preparing to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prégnant — prégnant, ante [ pregnɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • v. 1570; de l a. fr. preindre « presser », lat. premere 1 ♦ Littér. Qui s impose à l esprit. (1962) Psychol. Structure prégnante. ⇒ prégnance. 2 ♦ Anglic. Qui contient de nombreuses possibilités, virtualités …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • pregnant — [preg′nənt] adj. [ME preignant < L pregnans (gen. pregnantis), heavy with young < prae , before (see PRE ) + base of OL gnasci, to be born (see GENUS)] 1. having (an) offspring developing in the uterus; that has conceived; with young or… …   English World dictionary

  • Pregnant — Preg nant, n. A pregnant woman. [R.] Dunglison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pregnant — Preg nant, a. [F. prenant taking. Cf. {Pregnable}.] Affording entrance; receptive; yielding; willing; open; prompt. [Obs.] Pregnant to good pity. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pregnant — [adj1] carrying developing offspring within the body abundant, anticipating, carrying a child, enceinte, expectant, expecting*, fecund, fertile, fraught, fruitful, gestating, gravid, heavy, hopeful, in family way*, parous, parturient, preggers*,… …   New thesaurus

  • pregnant — index eloquent, productive, replete, strategic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prégnant — prégnant, ante (pré gnan, gnan t ) adj. 1°   Terme didactique. Qui porte en soi un germe de reproduction, en parlant d une femelle. J ai six brebis, dont trois prégnantes. 2°   Par extension, violent, pressant, comme le besoin d accoucher (emploi …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • pregnant — meaningful, significant, *expressive, eloquent, sententious Analogous words: weighty, momentous, consequential, significant, important (see corresponding nouns at IMPORTANCE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pregnant — PREGNANT, ou PREIGNANT, [preign]ante. adjectif. Violent, pressant. Il n a guere d usage que dans ces phrases. Douleurs pregnantes. maux aigus, pregnants …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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