impotent

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From Old French impotent, from Latin impotēns, from in- (expresses negation) + potēns (powerful).

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impotent (comparative more impotent, superlative most impotent)

  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, often because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection.
  4. (of a male) Sterile.
  5. (obsolete) Lacking self-restraint.
    • Dryden
      Impotent of tongue, her silence broke.

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impotent m (feminine singular impotente, masculine plural impotens, feminine plural impotentes)

  1. impotent (incapable of sexual intercourse)