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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
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