nullipotent (not comparable)

  1. (mathematics, computing) Describing an action which has no side effect. Queries are typically nullipotent: they return useful data, but do not change the data structure queried. Contrast with idempotent.
  2. (biology) Incapable of developing into any cell type; compare pluripotent

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In computing, contrast with idempotent, meaning that doing it multiple times is the same as doing it once, rather than zero times, as is nullipotent.

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