impuissant

[ im-pyoo-uh-suhnt, im-pyoo-is-uhnt, im-pwis-uhnt ]
/ ɪmˈpyu ə sənt, ˌɪm pyuˈɪs ənt, ɪmˈpwɪs ənt /

adjective

lacking strength; feeble; weak.

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Origin of impuissant

From Middle French, dating back to 1620–30; see origin at im-2, puissant

OTHER WORDS FROM impuissant

im·pu·is·sance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for impuissant

impuissant
/ (ɪmˈpjuːɪsənt, ɪmˈpwiː-) /

adjective

powerless, ineffectual, feeble, or impotent

Derived forms of impuissant

impuissance, noun

Word Origin for impuissant

C17: from French: powerless
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