Impotent meaning

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The definition of impotent is someone or something weak, ineffective or lacking power.

An example of impotent is using a steak knife to cut down a tree.

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Lacking in power, as to act effectively; helpless.
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Lacking physical strength; weak.
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Impotent is defined as to be unable to have sexual intercourse.

An example of impotent is a man who is unable to sustain an erection.

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Lacking physical strength or vigor; weak.
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Incapable of sexual intercourse because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
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Lacking self-restraint.
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Ineffective, powerless, or helpless.

Impotent rage.

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Unable to engage in sexual intercourse, esp. because of an inability to have or sustain an erection.
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Lacking physical strength or vigor; weak.
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Incapable of sexual intercourse because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
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Lacking physical strength or vigor; weak.
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Lacking in power, as to act effectively; helpless.
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Incapable of sexual intercourse, often because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
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(of a male) Sterile.
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Origin of impotent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin impotēns impotent- in- not in–1 potēns potent potent
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French impotent, from Latin impotēns, from in- (expresses negation) + potēns (“powerful”).
    From Wiktionary