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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Example sentences
Short term stop-gaps designed to make those currently in charge feel less
  impotent wont work.
But not without sundry twinges of impotent rebellion against the mild
  effrontery of this unaccountable scrivener.
It also renders conventional monetary policy impotent, as the interest rate
  that prevents too much saving is below zero.
Foreign opinion will be outraged by the farcical legal case, but impotent.
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