Examples of impotent in a Sentence
an impotent ruler who was just a figurehead
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Working in disguise, the crew kidnaps big-pharma execs, injecting them with a solution that renders them impotent, incontinent and bald.
Racially or politically inspired violence is a horrific sin, but there are lots of varieties of it well apart from the occasional vile acts of the disgusting and mostly impotent and irrelevant band of white supremacists.
The United Nations and international nonproliferation organizations, while well-meaning in intent, have thus far proven impotent in deed.
Should Garrett hobble the bank or leave it impotent, that could cost jobs for states with major manufacturers who use its powers.
With star wide receiver sitting out injured and New York's offense looking impotent as a result, naturally, Twitter had lots of fun with it.
Things tend to happen faster when trouble starts spreading beyond a demographic of the politically impotent downtrodden.
In a sloppy game on both sides, the Aggies (5-5, 3-3 Mountain West) did just enough to thwart a Lobos (3-6, 1-5) squad that has been impotent offensively.
Given the conventional, and possible nuclear, weaponry North Korea could use against U.S. allies South Korea and Japan, Trump’s threats are largely impotent.
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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
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medical Definition of impotent
- an impotent vaccine
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