[ im-puh-tuhnt ]
/ ˈɪm pə tənt /
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not potent; lacking power or ability.
utterly unable (to do something).
without force or effectiveness.
lacking bodily strength or physically helpless.
(of a male) unable to attain or sustain a penile erection.
(especially of a male) sterile.
Obsolete. without restraint.
an impotent person: therapy for sexual impotents.
OTHER WORDS FOR impotent
3 ineffectual, ineffective, feeble, weak.
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Origin of impotent
OTHER WORDS FROM impotentim·po·tent·ly, adverb
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How to use impotent in a sentence
All while the international community observed, if not passively, impotently.The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue|Creede Newton|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Poker should not be played in a house with women,” Mitch explains impotently.5 Great Books for Poker Fiends|James McManus|November 10, 2009|DAILY BEAST
He saw mounted officers and parading soldiers, and groups of firemen standing impotently by their hose and engines.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Neither did he like attending the agonies of child-birth, or standing impotently at the bed of the dying.Fidelity|Susan Glaspell
When the sun tinged all the hilltops golden yellow, he turned and shook his fist impotently at the camp far beneath him.The Happy Family|Bertha Muzzy Bower
Sluggishly, reluctantly, impotently, the spruce logs followed one another round and round the circuit of the great stone pot.The Backwoodsmen|Charles G. D. Roberts
Yet the chagrin of having at once so violently and so impotently belittled himself added one sting more to his fate.Bonaventure|George Washington Cable
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 of impotentimpotence, impotency or impotentness, nounimpotently, adverb
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