n. pl. preg·nan·cies
a. The condition of being pregnant: a test for pregnancy.
b. An instance of being pregnant: Her second pregnancy was easy.
c. The period during which one is pregnant: the first trimester of pregnancy.
2. The quality or condition of being rich in significance, import, or implication.
3. Creativity; inventiveness.
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