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im·po·tent

 (ĭm′pə-tənt)
adj.
1. Lacking physical strength or vigor; weak.
2. Lacking in power, as to act effectively; helpless: "Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent" (Freeman J. Dyson).
3. Incapable of sexual intercourse because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
4. Obsolete Lacking self-restraint.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin impotēns, impotent- : in-, not; see in-1 + potēns, potent; see potent.]

im′po·tent·ly adv.

impotent

(ˈɪmpətənt)
adj
1. (when postpositive, often takes an infinitive) lacking sufficient strength; powerless
2. (Medicine) (esp of males) unable to perform sexual intercourse. See erectile impotence
3. obsolete lacking self-control; unrestrained
ˈimpotence, ˈimpotency, ˈimpotentness n
ˈimpotently adv

im•po•tent

(ˈɪm pə tənt)

adj.
1. not potent; lacking power or ability.
2. lacking force or effectiveness.
3. (of a male) unable to attain or sustain a penile erection.
4. (esp. of a male) sterile.
5. Obs. being without restraint.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
im′po•tent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.impotent - lacking power or ability; "Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent"- Freeman J.Dyson; "felt impotent rage"
infertile, sterile, unfertile - incapable of reproducing; "an infertile couple"
powerless - lacking power
potent, stiff, strong - having a strong physiological or chemical effect; "a potent toxin"; "potent liquor"; "a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"
2.impotent - (of a male) unable to copulate
virile, potent - (of a male) capable of copulation

impotent

impotent

adjective
1. Lacking power or strength:
2. Not capable of accomplishing anything:
3. Unable to produce offspring:
Translations

impotent

[ˈɪmpətənt] ADJ (gen) → impotente

impotent

[ˈɪmpətənt] adj
(= powerless) [person] → impuissant(e); [rage] → impuissant(e)
(sexually)impuissant

impotent

adj
(sexually) → impotent
(fig)schwach, machtlos; grief, rageohnmächtig
(physically) → schwach, kraftlos

impotent

[ˈɪmpətnt] adj (frm) (Med) → impotente

impotent

a. impotente.

impotent

adj (ant) con disfunción eréctil, impotente
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.