Examples of impotent in a sentence
<an impotent ruler who was just a figurehead>
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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
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin impotent-, impotens, from in- + potent-, potens potent
First Known Use: 14th century
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
: lacking in power, ability, or strength <an impotent medicine>
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