impuissance

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French impuissance.

Noun[edit]

impuissance (uncountable)

  1. Impotence, weakness.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.8:
      This fault, for a man not to be able to know himselfe betimes, and not to feele the impuissance and extreme alteration, that age doth naturally bring, [...] hath lost the reputation of the most part of the greatest men in the world.
    Their own impuissance and weakness. — Holland.

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

impuissance f (plural impuissances)

  1. impotency, helplessness

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