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Pregnant, 1) expert, clever, ingenious, artful: “the terms of common justice you are as p. in as . . . any,” Meas. I, 1, 12. “wherein the p. enemy does much,” Tw. II, 2, 29. “to your own most p. and vouchsafed ear,” III, 1, 100. “how p. sometimes his replies are,” Hml. II, 2, 212.
2) disposed, prompt, ready: “crook the p. hinges of the knee,” Hml. III, 2, 66. “the profits of my death were very p. and potential spurs to make thee seek it,” Lr. II, 1, 78. cursed Dionyza hath the p. instrument of wrath prest for this blow, Per. IV Prol. 44. With to: “fair virtues all, to which the Grecians are most prompt and p.” Troil. IV, 4, 90. “who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows, am p. to good pity,” Lr. IV, 6, 227.
3) probable in the highest degree, clear, evident: “'tis very p.” Meas. II, 1, 23. Cymb. IV, 2, 325. “most true, if ever truth were p. by circumstance,” Wint. V, 2, 34. “it is a most p. and unforced position,” Oth. II, 1, 239. “were't not that we stand up against them all, 'twere p. they should square between themselves,” Ant. II, 1, 45.
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