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impotent

[im-puh-tuh nt] /ˈɪm pə tənt/
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin impotent- (stem of impotēns) without power over oneself or others. See im-2, potent1
Related forms
impotently, adverb
Synonyms
1, 2. powerless, helpless. 3. ineffectual, ineffective, feeble, weak.
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British Dictionary definitions for impotently

impotent

/ˈɪmpətənt/
adjective
1.
(when postpositive, often takes an infinitive) lacking sufficient strength; powerless
2.
(esp of males) unable to perform sexual intercourse See erectile impotence
3.
(obsolete) lacking self-control; unrestrained
Derived Forms
impotence, impotency, impotentness, noun
impotently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impotently
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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impotently in Medicine

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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