impotent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪm.pə.tənt/, /ˈɪm.pə.tɪnt/
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Adjective[edit]

impotent (comparative more impotent, superlative most impotent)

  1. lacking physical strength or vigor; weak
    Synonyms: feeble, puny, weak
  2. lacking in power, as to act effectively; helpless
    • 1984, Freeman J. Dyson, Weapons and Hope
      Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent
    Synonyms: helpless, powerless
  3. incapable of sexual intercourse, often because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection, having impotentia coeundi
  4. (of a male) sterile
  5. (obsolete) lacking self-restraint
    Synonym: incontinent

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Noun[edit]

impotent (plural impotents)

  1. a man who has erectile dysfunction
    Synonym: wet noodle
    Antonym: priapist
  2. an impotent or powerless person

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin impotēns.

Pronunciation[edit]

(Balearic, Valencian) IPA(key): /im.poˈtent/

Adjective[edit]

impotent (masculine and feminine plural impotents)

  1. (medicine) impotent
  2. impotent, powerless, helpless

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impotent (feminine impotente, masculine plural impotents, feminine plural impotentes)

  1. infirm, disabled
  2. impotent

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

impotent (strong nominative masculine singular impotenter, comparative impotenter, superlative am impotentesten)

  1. impotent
    Antonym: potent

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Further reading[edit]

  • impotent” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • impotent” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon

Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. impotent (incapable of sexual intercourse)

Polish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin impotēns.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

impotent m pers

  1. (pathology) impotent (man who has erectile dysfunction)

Declension[edit]

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noun

Further reading[edit]

  • impotent in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • impotent in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French impotent, from Latin impotens.

Adjective[edit]

impotent m or n (feminine singular impotentă, masculine plural impotenți, feminine and neuter plural impotente)

  1. impotent

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