Dictionary.com

impotence

[ im-puh-tuhns ]
/ ˈɪm pə təns /
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
GOOSES. GEESES. I WANT THIS QUIZ ON PLURAL NOUNS!
Test how much you really know about regular and irregular plural nouns with this quiz.
Question 1 of 9
Which of the following nouns has an irregular plural form?
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use impotence in a sentence

Medical definitions for impotence

impotence
[ ĭmpə-təns ]

n.
The quality or condition of being impotent.
erectile dysfunction
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK