- the condition or quality of being impotent; weakness.
- chronic inability to attain or sustain an erection for the performance of a sexual act.
- sterility, especially in the male.
- Obsolete. lack of self-restraint.
Origin of impotence
Examples from the Web for impotency
Slavery left its blight of impotency and profligacy upon them.
Sacred as they were they still mocked him with their impotency to stay the hand of death.Omega, the Man
Lowell Howard Morrow
It would only show its impotency, or, what is more, its own corruption.Public School Education
So we are powerless, and by this impotency we are smitten with grief.'The Gtakaml
The foregoing measures for sterility are also suitable in cases of impotency.Fruits of Philosophy
Word Origin and History for impotency
early 15c., "physical weakness," also "poverty," from Middle French impotence "weakness," from Latin impotentia "lack of control or power," from impotentem (nominative impotens); see impotent. In reference to a want of (male) sexual potency, from c.1500. The figurative senses of the word in Latin were "violence, fury, unbridled passion." Related: Impotency.
- The quality or condition of being impotent.
- erectile dysfunction