Impotently

impotent

[im-puh-tuhnt]
adjective
1.
not potent; lacking power or ability.
2.
utterly unable (to do something).
3.
without force or effectiveness.
4.
lacking bodily strength or physically helpless.
5.
(of a male) unable to attain or sustain a penile erection.
6.
(especially of a male) sterile.
7.
Obsolete. without restraint.
noun
8.
an impotent person: therapy for sexual impotents.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin impotent- (stem of impotēns) without power over oneself or others. See im-2, potent1

impotently, adverb


1, 2. powerless, helpless. 3. ineffectual, ineffective, feeble, weak.
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impotent (ˈɪmpətənt)
 
adj
1.  (when postpositive, often takes an infinitive) lacking sufficient strength; powerless
2.  See erectile impotence (esp of males) unable to perform sexual intercourse
3.  obsolete lacking self-control; unrestrained
 
'impotence
 
n
 
'impotency
 
n
 
'impotentness
 
n
 
'impotently
 
adv

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impotent
late 14c., "physically weak," from O.Fr. impotent "powerless," from L. imponentem (nom. impotens) "lacking control, powerless," from in- "not" + ponentem (nom. potens) "potent." Meaning "having no power to accomplish anything" is from mid-15c.; that of "completely lacking in sexual power" is from 1590s
(implied in impotency).
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impotent im·po·tent (ĭm'pə-tənt)
adj.

  1. Incapable of sexual intercourse, often because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection.

  2. Sterile. Used of males.

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