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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 ?
But if neither time nor place be known, then the left wing will be impotent to succor the right, the right equally impotent to succor the left, the van unable to relieve the rear, or the rear to support the van.
Power they seek for, and above all, the lever of power, much money--these impotent ones!
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.
The words uttered by the peasant had acted on his soul like an electric shock, suddenly transforming and combining into a single whole the whole swarm of disjointed, impotent, separate thoughts that incessantly occupied his mind.
First Born," I cried, turning to those who stood within the chamber, "you have seen to-day the impotency of Issus--the gods are impotent.
Leach had worked himself into an ecstasy of impotent rage.
How can its administration be any thing else than a succession of expedients temporizing, impotent, disgraceful?
When you have them in their apartments -- which are constructed with a view to denying them that power -- you can say and do what you like; for they are then wholly impotent for mischief, and will not remember a few minutes hence the incident for which they may be at this moment threatening you with death, nor the promises which you may have found it necessary to make in order to pacify their fury.
It is a curious thing that I felt angry with my wife; I cannot account for it, but my impotent desire to reach Leatherhead worried me excessively.
When, in a dream, it occurred to the youth that his rifle was an impotent stick, he lost sense of everything but his hate, his desire to smash into pulp the glittering smile of victory which he could feel upon the faces of his enemies.
But, once down, he would writhe on the deck, gnashing his teeth in impotent rage - which was pretty horrible to behold.
Even the enemy was the same as at Austerlitz and Friedland- yet the terrible stroke of his arm had supernaturally become impotent.