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
After the triumph of the international proletariat, war would of course be inconceivable; and who can figure the cost of war to humanity--not merely the value of the lives and the material that it destroys, not merely the cost of keeping millions of men in idleness, of arming and equipping them for battle and parade, but the drain upon the vital energies of society by the war attitude and the war terror, the brutality and ignorance, the drunkenness, prostitution, and crime it entails, the industrial impotence and the moral deadness?
Macey, pausing, and smiling in pity at the impotence of his hearer's imagination--"why, I was all of a tremble: it was as if I'd been a coat pulled by the two tails, like; for I couldn't stop the parson, I couldn't take upon me to do that; and yet I said to myself, I says, "Suppose they shouldn't be fast married, 'cause the words are contrairy?
Will he, so wise, let loose at once his ire, Belike through impotence, or unaware, To give his Enemies thir wish, and end Them in his anger, whom his anger saves To punish endless?
And the history of every political establishment in which this principle has prevailed, is a history of impotence, perplexity, and disorder.
She is my niece; in spite of the impotence of my art, I hope some day to restore her reason by attempting a method which can only be employed, unfortunately, by very rich people.
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.
Their intellectual faculties were generally weak, their animal propensities strong; thus there was at once an impotence and a kind of inert force in their natures; they were dull, but they were also singularly stubborn, heavy as lead and, like lead, most difficult to move.
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.
And confessing for the first time to the intensity within him of this absurd speculation - which but proved also, no doubt, the habit of too selfishly thinking - he affirmed the impotence there of any other source of interest, any other native appeal.
In him, however, the impotence was but momentary, for he began to move and rise as the others came round the tower.
He recalled the empty flapping of the eviscerated cushion, the feeling of impotence as the flames rose again.