impuissance

noun im·puis·sance \ (ˌ)im-ˈpwi-sᵊn(t)s , (ˌ)im-ˈpyü-ə-sən(t)s ; ˌim-pyü-ˈi-sᵊn(t)s \

Definition of impuissance

Origin and Etymology of impuissance

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


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