An impotent democracy has left its people feeling powerless.
No American president is that impotent, and certainly not this one.
Any allegation that her husband is impotent “is not true,” she said.
A mistress-less king could be seen as weak or worse still, impotent.
Lieutenant-Colonel Abercromby, who had led the only serious sortie from Yorktown, chewed his sword in impotent rage.
There was, however, no time to lose, and the Normans were consumed with impotent rage.
“I am talking to one,” she said, her eyes blazing with impotent anger.
In that lame and impotent conclusion the proceedings ended at the time.
I have sought to make you my lover—for my husband is old and impotent, and my passions are strong.
An oath burst from his lips, and he struck his fist, in impotent fury, on a table near him.
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.