im·​puis·​sance (ˌ)im-ˈpwi-sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce impuissance (audio) (ˌ)im-ˈpyü-ə-sən(t)s How to pronounce impuissance (audio)

Examples of impuissance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But all of that will be moot if Washington’s rushing attack is not significantly improved from the impuissance of last season. Ben Baskin,, 14 June 2018

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Word History


Middle English, from Middle French, from in- + puissance puissance, power

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impuissance was in the 15th century

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“Impuissance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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