impotence

[im-puh-tuhns]
noun
1.
the condition or quality of being impotent; weakness.
2.
chronic inability to attain or sustain an erection for the performance of a sexual act.
3.
sterility, especially in the male.
4.
Obsolete. lack of self-restraint.
Also, impotency, impotentness.


Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English, variant (see -ence) of impotencie < Latin impotentia want of self-control, weakness. See im-2, potency

1. impetus, impotence, sterility ; 2. importance, impotence (see synonym study at importance) ; 3. impotence, sterility, sterilized.
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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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impotence im·po·tence (ĭm'pə-təns) or im·po·ten·cy (-tən-sē)
n.
The quality or condition of being impotent.

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Where now he realized only his own inconsequence, effort would make him aware of his own impotency and insufficiency.
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