All while the international community observed, if not passively, impotently.
Nevertheless our experience with rumplessness leads us to suspect that winglessness also is an impotently dominant character.
Blake raged at that, impotently, pathetically, like an old lion with its teeth drawn.
She pushed the idea from her, impotently, as one might push at a lava flow.
In that query was the riddle which impotently Verplank was trying to solve.
Having gutted the Nineteenth Century, his mind seemed to be impotently raging for fresh matter to destroy.
They both sprang to their feet, and glared at him impotently.
The two shadowy figures were like one now, but the girl's arms were free, pushing the boy away, striking at him impotently.
impotently the ticking of the clock hammers this endless void, and measures a barren time.
The Marquis groaned and impotently moved an arm as though to raise himself.
late 14c., "physically weak, enfeebled, crippled," from Old French impotent "powerless, weak, incapable," from Latin imponentem (nominative impotens) "lacking control, powerless," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + ponentem (nominative potens) "potent" (see potent).
Meaning "having no power to accomplish anything" is from mid-15c.; that of "completely lacking in sexual power" (of males) is from mid-15c. Middle English also had a native term for this: Cunt-beaten (mid-15c.). The figurative sense in Latin was "without self-control, headstrong, violent." Related: Impotently.
impotent im·po·tent (ĭm'pə-tənt)
Incapable of sexual intercourse, often because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
Sterile. Used of males.