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impotent

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adjective im·po·tent \ˈim-pə-tənt\

Simple Definition of impotent

  • : lacking power or strength

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

Full Definition of impotent

  1. 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. 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


Medical Dictionary

impotent

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adjective im·po·tent \ˈim-pət-ənt\

Medical Definition of impotent

  1. 1:  not potent <an impotent vaccine>

  2. 2:  unable to engage in sexual intercourse because of inability to have and maintain an erection; broadly :  sterile





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