Examples of impotent in a Sentence
an impotent ruler who was just a figurehead
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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.
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.
Tech An $11 million fiber-optic system with 1,000-plus WiFi access points should ensure a steady signal for concertgoers — a relief from recent years when a big gathering could render your smartphone impotent.
This pass rush was impotent for much of last season.
Thorson doesn't yet trust his young receivers, Justin Jackson (7 carries, 18 yards) is bugged by a leg injury and the O-line is often impotent.
The upshot is that Mr. Xi, on the brink of his greatest political triumph, looks impotent in the face of Mr. Kim’s increasingly audacious provocations.
How the decades-long conflict led to today's increasingly impotent antibiotics.
Try electric shock therapy, drugs that render men impotent, or maybe even a lobotomy.
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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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