impotence

noun
im·​po·​tence | \ ˈim-pə-tən(t)s How to pronounce impotence (audio) \

Definition of impotence

: the quality or state of being impotent: such as
a : lack of power, strength, or vigor : weakness … the growing impotence of governments in the face of corporate willfulness and regional factionalism.— Alan Wexelblat
b : an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by inability to engage in sexual intercourse because of failure to have or maintain an erection : erectile dysfunction

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Examples of impotence in a Sentence

the congressional committee's essential impotence in affecting the management of the war was frustrating to its members

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Nor is a performance problem now and again considered a sign of impotence, said Blankstein, who is also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Erectile dysfunction may predict strokes and heart attacks," 11 Sep. 2019 Other color illustrations would warn smokers that cigarettes can cause heart disease, impotence and diabetes. NBC News, "U.S. makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes," 15 Aug. 2019 Color illustrations taking up half of the front of cigarette packs would warn consumers that, along with cancer, smoking causes heart disease, diabetes and impotence, the FDA stated. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "FDA wants to put graphic warnings on cigarette packs," 15 Aug. 2019 Other color illustrations would warn smokers that cigarettes can cause heart disease, impotence and diabetes. Matthew Perrone, chicagotribune.com, "Cancerous neck tumors, diseased lungs, amputated toes: FDA proposes new graphic warning labels on cigarettes," 15 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Mayfield, who led the club to its best record (7-8-1) since 2007 during a record-breaking debut is already laying down the law in an apparent bid to break with the franchise's long-entrenched impotence. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Browns shouldn't accommodate Duke Johnson's trade demands, Cleveland should cut disgruntled back," 7 June 2019 The 53-year career of Real—the nation’s longest-serving federal judge in modern history—offers ugly lessons about character, impunity and the impotence of our leaders. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, "Mathews: Nation’s longest serving judge was a tyrant in the court," 2 Aug. 2019 The New Nationalism puts the national need before the sectional…It is impatient of the impotence which springs from over-division of governmental powers. Nate Hochman, National Review, "A Big-Government Nationalism, or a Burkean One?," 25 July 2019 But the disappointment would have been far greater if the ECB had cut by a timid 10 basis points this week, only to see its relative impotence exposed by aggressive Fed action next week. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Mario Draghi Holds Off Loosening Monetary Policy, Giving the Fed the Right of Way," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of impotence

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of impotence was in the 15th century

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impotence

noun
im·​po·​tence | \ ˈim-pə-təns How to pronounce impotence (audio) \

Kids Definition of impotence

: the quality or state of lacking power or strength

impotence

noun
im·​po·​tence | \ ˈim-pət-ən(t)s How to pronounce impotence (audio) \

Medical Definition of impotence

1 : the quality or state of not being potent drug-resistant bacteria are a virulent indicator of the growing impotence of antibiotics
2 : an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by inability to engage in sexual intercourse because of failure to have or maintain an erection

called also erectile dysfunction

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