impuissant

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

adjective

lacking strength; feeble; weak.

Nearby words

  1. impsonite,
  2. impudence,
  3. impudent,
  4. impudicity,
  5. impugn,
  6. impulse,
  7. impulse buying,
  8. impulse control disorder,
  9. impulse turbine,
  10. impulsion

Origin of impuissant

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

Related formsim·pu·is·sance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for impuissant

impuissant

/ (ɪmˈpjuːɪsənt, ɪmˈpwiː-) /

adjective

powerless, ineffectual, feeble, or impotent
Derived Formsimpuissance, noun

Word Origin for impuissant

C17: from French: powerless

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