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

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Recent Examples on the Web When asked about the impotency remark, Whitty sought to stress that most people are ignoring baseless claims and are getting the vaccines — 81.2% of people 16 and older in Britain are fully vaccinated., 16 Sep. 2021 According to the study, otherwise healthy men developed impotency after COVID-19 infection made its way into their penile tissue. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Knowing how much of pitchers’ effectiveness to attribute to gummier grips will take time to study, but an extended period of offensive impotency had the league and its hitters looking for solutions. New York Times, 25 June 2021 Fears of impotency, seen most recently among Muslim communities in the states of Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Assam also been a major driver of hesitancy. Arunabh Saikia, Quartz India, 13 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 16 Oct. 2017 See More

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Impotency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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