Examples of impotent in a Sentence
an impotent ruler who was just a figurehead
Recent Examples of impotent from the Web
But this film also demonstrates what a miscarriage of justice feels like from the inside, becoming a powerful indictment of how much damage a heedless and uncaring system can do to an impotent individual caught in its grinding wheels.
This is why even the most significant condemnations have been rendered impotent.
South Korea almost cries crocodile tears, China is amused, and the U.S. seems impotent.
But without Aaron Altherr, Howie Kendrick, and Cesar Hernandez, this Phillies lineup is somewhat impotent.
Ajo Kawir, a Javanese teenager, witnesses the brutal rape of a local madwoman by two policemen, and from that moment on is rendered impotent.
And running to Congress seems belated and impotent.
A horrifyingly ill-advised sequence in which the previously impotent Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson) finally gets boned up and has sex with Silk Spectre (Malin Åkerman) in a hovering owl ship.
That's right @realDonaldTrump is an intellectually impotent little man who needs to b impeached #
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A police department may be impotent to stop the flow of drugs into a neighborhood. A group of countries may be impotent to force another country to change its human-rights policies. The impotence of a prime minister may be shown by her inability to get an important piece of legislation passed. Impotent and impotence may also have a special meaning, when they refer to a man's inability to have sexual intercourse.
Origin and Etymology of impotent
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbarren, fruitless, sterile, infertile, unfruitful
Antonymsfat, fertile, fruitful
Related Wordsaltered, desexed, neutered, sterilized; castrated, emasculated, gelded; spayed; unproductive
Near Antonymsfecund, luxuriant, productive, prolific; enriched, fertilized, rich; impregnated, pregnant; potent; bearing, producing, yielding; blooming, bursting, flourishing, swarming, teeming
IMPOTENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impotent for English Language Learners
: lacking power or strength
of a man : unable to have sex : unable to get or keep an erection
IMPOTENT Defined for Kids
Definition of impotent for Students
- an impotent medicine
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