impotence

[ im-puh-tuhns ]
/ ˈɪm pə təns /

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.

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Also im·po·ten·cy, im·po·tent·ness .

Origin of impotence

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, variant of impotencie, from Latin impotentia “lack of self-control, weakness”; see -ence, im-2, potency

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH impotence

1. impetus, impotence 2. importance, impotence
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Medical definitions for impotence

impotence
[ ĭmpə-təns ]

n.

The quality or condition of being impotent.
erectile dysfunction
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