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/

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
    • (Can we date this quote by Freeman J. Dyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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
  4. (of a male) sterile
  5. (obsolete) lacking self-restraint
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Impotent of tongue, her silence broke.
    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

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. infirm, disabled
  2. impotent

Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. impotent (incapable of sexual intercourse)