impotent


im·po·tent

adjective \ˈim-pə-tənt\

: lacking power or strength

of a man : unable to have sex : unable to get or keep an erection

Full Definition of IMPOTENT

1
a :  not potent :  lacking in power, strength, or vigor :  helpless
b :  unable to engage in sexual intercourse because of inability to have and maintain an erection; broadly :  sterile
2
obsolete :  incapable of self-restraint :  ungovernable
impotent noun
im·po·tent·ly adverb

Examples of IMPOTENT

  1. <an impotent ruler who was just a figurehead>

Origin of IMPOTENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin impotent-, impotens, from in- + potent-, potens potent
First Known Use: 14th century

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im·po·tent

adjective \ˈim-pət-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IMPOTENT

1
: not potent <an impotent vaccine>
2
: unable to engage in sexual intercourse because of inability to have and maintain an erection; broadly : sterile

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