Impuissance meaning

ĭm-pyo͝oĭ-səns, ĭm-pwĭsəns
The definition of impuissance is weakness, whether it be physical or mental.

An example of impuissance is the inability to stand up for yourself.

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Lack of power or effectiveness; weakness.
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Lack of power; weakness.
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Origin of impuissance

  • Middle English impuissaunce from Old French impuissance in- not in–1 puissance power puissance

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French impuissance.

    From Wiktionary