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) ; ˌim-pyü-ˈi-sᵊn(t)s \

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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,, "Can Alex Smith Turn Around Washington’s Misfortunes? Players, Coaches and Fans Are Hopeful," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of impuissance

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impuissance

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

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“Impuissance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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