impuissance [im pyo̵̅o̅′i səns, -pwis′əns; im′pyo̵̅o̅ is′əns]
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The definition of impuissance is weakness, whether it be physical or mental.
An example of impuissance is the inability to stand up for yourself.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
lack of power; weakness
Origin: Fr: see in- and amp; puissance
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Lack of power or effectiveness; weakness.
Origin: Middle English impuissaunce, from Old French impuissance : in-, not; see in-1 + puissance, power; see puissance .