[ im-puh-tuhnt ]
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  1. not potent; lacking power or ability.

  2. utterly unable (to do something).

  1. without force or effectiveness.

  2. lacking bodily strength or physically helpless.

  3. (of a male) unable to attain or sustain a penile erection.

  4. (especially of a male) sterile.

  5. Obsolete. without restraint.

  1. 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

Other words for impotent

Other words from impotent

  • im·po·tent·ly, adverb

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How to use impotent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for impotent


/ (ˈɪmpətənt) /

  1. (when postpositive, often takes an infinitive) lacking sufficient strength; powerless

  2. (esp of males) unable to perform sexual intercourse: See erectile impotence

  1. obsolete lacking self-control; unrestrained

Derived forms of impotent

  • impotence, impotency or impotentness, noun
  • impotently, adverb

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