impotence


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im·po·tence

 (ĭm′pə-təns) also im·po·ten·cy (-tən-sē)
n.
1. The quality or condition of being impotent.

im•po•tence

(ˈɪm pə təns)

also im′po•ten•cy,



n.
the condition or quality of being impotent.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]

impotence

, sterility - Impotence is the male's inability to copulate or get an erection; sterility is the inability of either a male or female to procreate.
See also related terms for inability.

impotence

Inability to maintain an erection and so have sexual intercourse.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impotence - the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
helplessness, impuissance, weakness - powerlessness revealed by an inability to act; "in spite of their weakness the group remains active"
unpersuasiveness - inability to persuade
uninterestingness - inability to capture or hold one's interest
voicelessness - having no voice in the management or control of affairs; "the voicelessness of those who live in situations of hopelessness"
paper tiger - the nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual; "he reminded Mao that the paper tiger had nuclear teeth"
ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness - lacking the power to be effective
2.impotence - an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate
ED, erectile dysfunction, male erecticle dysfunction - impotence resulting from a man's inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis
infertility, sterility - the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
potence, potency - the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse

impotence

impotence

noun
The condition or state of being incapable of accomplishing or effecting anything:
Translations

impotence

[ˈɪmpətəns] N (gen) → impotencia f

impotence

[ˈɪmpətəns]
n
(= powerlessness) → impuissance f
(= sexual problem) → impuissance f
modif [drug, pill, treatment] → contre l'impuissance

impotence

n
(sexual) → Impotenz f
(fig)Schwäche f, → Machtlosigkeit f
(physical) → Schwäche f, → Kraftlosigkeit f

impotence

[ˈɪmpətns] n (frm) (Med) → impotenza

im·po·tence

, impotency
n. impotencia, incapacidad de tener o mantener una erección.

impotence

n (ant, sexual) disfunción f eréctil, impotencia (sexual)
References in classic literature ?
Thou canst not tell where one drop of water or one grain of sand will be to-morrow noon; and yet with thy impotence thou insultest the sun
Pope Julius came afterwards and found the Church strong, possessing all the Romagna, the barons of Rome reduced to impotence, and, through the chastisements of Alexander, the factions wiped out; he also found the way open to accumulate money in a manner such as had never been practised before Alexander's time.
exclaimed Denisov, in a voice to which he tried hard to give the old energy and fire, but which sounded like an expression of irritable impotence.
When his famous communication was made to the Gun Club, the captain's wrath passed all bounds; with his intense jealousy was mingled a feeling of absolute impotence.
And the history of every political establishment in which this principle has prevailed, is a history of impotence, perplexity, and disorder.
At first our laughter was half-hearted, tinged with fear, but as we became convinced of his impotence we waxed uproarious.
He lifted the stick, in spite of her being beyond his reach, and threw it with a hard effort which was but impotence.
She laughed a little at the impotence of her rebuff and paused for a moment to make her next shot.
Her remark was entirely destructive of poetry, since it was to the effect that poetry had nothing whatever to do with her; all her friends spent their lives in making up phrases, she said; all his feeling was an illusion, and next moment, as if to taunt him with his impotence, she had sunk into one of those dreamy states which took no account whatever of his existence.
Instead of the hesitation with which he had accosted the cardinal a quarter of an hour before, there might be read in the eyes of the young king that will against which a struggle might be maintained, and which might be crushed by its own impotence, but which, at least, would preserve, like a wound in the depth of the heart, the remembrance of its defeat.
It is from that salutory but terrible ordeal that we have just emerged, with minds which are still stunned by the suddenness of the blow and with spirits which are chastened by the realization of our own limitations and impotence.
Whether it was merely the expelled breath, or his consciousness of his growing impotence, I know not, but his throat vibrated with a deep groan.