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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 ?
It was followed by the swift flashes of the rifles, which sent their leaden messengers across the rock in volleys, as though the assailants would pour out their impotent fury on the insensible scene of the fatal contest.
With a gesture of impotent fury, he dashed away in the direction of an equally excited crowd, that on a point of the slope nearer the island were gesticulating and shouting to a second group of men, who on the opposite shore were clambering on over the choked debris of the flume that had dammed and diverted the current.
In good time, nevertheless, as the ardor of youth declines; as years and dumps increase; as reflection lends her solemn pauses; in short, as a general lassitude overtakes the sated Turk; then a love of ease and virtue supplants the love for maidens; our Ottoman enters upon the impotent, repentant, admonitory stage of life, forswears, disbands the harem, and grown to an exemplary, sulky old soul, goes about all alone among the meridians and parallels saying his prayers, and warning each young Leviathan from his amorous errors.
He was jerked out of the way, into a room with the convicted prisoners, where he sat and wept like a child in his impotent rage.
In the one case a man lies dead-alive four genera- tions -- mummified in ignorance and sloth -- and that qualifies him to command live people, and take their weal and woe into his impotent hands; and in the other case, a man lies bedded with death and worms four generations, and that qualifies him for office in the celestial camp.
So her schemes always went for nothing, and she laid them aside in impotent rage against the fates, and against herself for playing the fool on that fatal September day in not providing herself with a witness for use in the day when such a thing might be needed for the appeasing of her vengeance-hungry heart.
Nothing, indeed," thought I, as I struggled to repress a sob, and hastily wiped away some tears, the impotent evidences of my anguish.
He stopped, with a suffocating sense in him of his own impotent rage -- he stopped, and shook his fist tremulously in the empty air.
said the Jew, retorting the insults of his oppressor with passion, which, however impotent, he now found it impossible to bridle, ``I will pay thee nothing not one silver penny will I pay thee, unless my daughter is delivered to me in safety and honour?
The landlord could do nothing with his acres except let them to him; the capitalist's hoard rotted and dwindled until it was lent to him; the worker's muscles and brain were impotent until sold to him.
He was amazed, how so impotent and grovelling an insect as I" (these were his expressions) "could entertain such inhuman ideas, and in so familiar a manner, as to appear wholly unmoved at all the scenes of blood and desolation which I had painted as the common effects of those destructive machines; whereof," he said, "some evil genius, enemy to mankind, must have been the first contriver.
At that moment, the viscount could not help uttering an exclamation of impotent rage.