im·​po·​ten·​cy | \ ˈim-pə-tən(t)-sē How to pronounce impotency (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Based in New York, Ms. Perel listens to personal stories — about intimate topics including impotency, trauma, caregiving and more — and offers suggestions. Hilary Sheinbaum, New York Times, "Podcasts Inspired by Love and Relationships," 5 May 2020 The church which closes its doors practically proclaims its impotency, and the admission is a terrible one when it is made in the hour of a nation’s need. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1918, Anchorage went into quarantine. Some of what followed might sound familiar.," 27 Apr. 2020 And at a time when many governments are demonstrating their impotency, a focused effort by business to do better should be welcomed. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Inversion Deals, Barclays Charge, Unilever Threat: CEO Daily for February 12, 2018," 12 Feb. 2018 The sorts of power naming a thing gives to a thing, and the sorts of impotencies that exist in the process of naming as well. Susie Schmank, Indianapolis Star, "Purdue professor writes through alcohol addiction in poetry collection," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of impotency

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Impotency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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im·​po·​ten·​cy | \ -ən-sē How to pronounce impotency (audio) \
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