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impotent

[ im-puh-tuhnt ]
/ ˈɪm pə tənt /
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adjective
noun
an impotent person: therapy for sexual impotents.
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Origin of impotent

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

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

impotent
/ (ˈɪmpətənt) /

adjective
(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 of impotent

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

impotent
[ ĭmpə-tənt ]

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