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impotent

Line breaks: im¦po|tent
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmpət(ə)nt
 
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Definition of impotent in English:

adjective

1Unable to take effective action; helpless or powerless: he was seized with an impotent anger
More example sentences
  • Yet it happened, and he felt helpless, powerless, and impotent.
  • The end result is that we not only feel frightened - we often feel unable to respond, and feel powerless and impotent as individuals.
  • Thus, they are impotent, powerless to confront the current regime.
Synonyms
2(Of a man) abnormally unable to achieve an erection or orgasm: he was on medication which had made him impotent
More example sentences
  • He is impotent and unable to satisfy his estranged wife.
  • Rumours of his extraordinary sexual powers spread and multiplied, though they were probably nonsense - there seems more evidence, indeed, to suggest that he was sexually impotent.
  • He's not impotent or physically handicapped, he just isn't very interested and says there is more to a relationship than sex.
2.1(Of a male animal) unable to copulate.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin impotent- 'powerless', from in- 'not' + potent- (see potent1).

Derivatives

impotence

1
noun
Example sentences
  • But only one in 10 men suffering from impotence feel confident enough to ask their GP for advice.
  • What unites people on both sides is a feeling of frustrated impotence - what can you really do about it, in either case?
  • The inspiration for this piece, he says, grew out of a feeling of impotence.

impotency

2
noun
Example sentences
  • However, scientific studies have shown that smoking reduces mental and physical abilities and that it can lead to impotency in men, the volume says.
  • Their silence for more than 2 months, exhibits their cowardice and impotency to rise to the occasion and come to the rescue of their community.
  • You can convince yourself that you are helping him and thus avoid the feeling of impotency.

impotently

3
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘We raged impotently, wondering why this has happened to us, asking the usual questions of God and the universe,’ he writes.
  • The state watches impotently as its culture, beamed in from the coasts, becomes coarser and more offensive by the year.
  • In fantasy literature the availability of power is in inverse proportion to the daily lives of a typical teenager, hemmed in by school and family and impotently yearning for autonomy.

Words that rhyme with impotent

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