[ im-puh-tuhnt ]
/ ˈɪm pə tənt /



an impotent person: therapy for sexual impotents.

Origin of impotent

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin impotent- (stem of impotēns) without power over oneself or others. See im-2, potent1

Related forms

im·po·tent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impotent


/ (ˈɪmpətənt) /


(when postpositive, often takes an infinitive) lacking sufficient strength; powerless
(esp of males) unable to perform sexual intercourseSee erectile impotence
obsolete lacking self-control; unrestrained

Derived Forms

impotence, impotency or impotentness, nounimpotently, adverb
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Medicine definitions for impotent


[ ĭmpə-tənt ]


Incapable of sexual intercourse, often because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
Sterile. Used of males.
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