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EtymologyEdit

From Old French impotent, from Latin impotēns, from in- (expresses negation) + potēns (powerful).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪm.pə.tənt/, /ˈɪm.pə.tɪnt/

AdjectiveEdit

impotent (comparative more impotent, superlative most impotent)

  1. lacking physical strength or vigor; weak
    Synonyms: feeble, puny, weak
  2. lacking in power, as to act effectively; helpless
    • Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent (Freeman J. Dyson).
    Synonyms: helpless, powerless
  3. incapable of sexual intercourse, often because of an inability to achieve or sustain an erection
  4. (of a male) sterile
  5. (obsolete) lacking self-restraint
    • Dryden
      Impotent of tongue, her silence broke.
    Synonym: incontinent

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NounEdit

impotent (plural impotents)

  1. a man who has erectile dysfunction
    Synonym: wet noodle
    Antonym: priapist
  2. an impotent or powerless person

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

impotent (feminine singular impotente, masculine plural impotents, feminine plural impotentes)

  1. infirm, disabled
  2. impotent

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AdjectiveEdit

impotent m (feminine singular impotente, masculine plural impotens, feminine plural impotentes)

  1. impotent (incapable of sexual intercourse)