Dictionary.com

impotence

[ im-puh-tuhns ]
/ 藞瑟m p蓹 t蓹ns /
Save This Word!

noun
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.
QUIZ
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE COMMON GRAMMAR DEBATES?
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?
Also im路po路ten路cy, im路po路tent路ness .

Origin of impotence

First recorded in 1375鈥1425; late Middle English, variant of impotencie, from Latin impotentia 鈥渓ack of self-control, weakness鈥; see -ence, im-2, potency

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impotence

1. impetus, impotence 2. importance, impotence
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use impotence in a sentence

FEEDBACK