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Meaning of IMPOTENT

Pronunciation:  'imputnt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  lacking power or ability; "Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent"- Freeman J.Dyson; "felt impotent rage"
  2. [adj]  (of a male) unable to copulate

IMPOTENT is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: ineffective, ineffectual, unable, weak
 Antonyms: potent, strong, virile
 See Also: infertile, powerless, unfertile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Im"po*tent\, a. [F. impotent, L. impotens, -entis;
    pref. im- not + potens potent, powerful. See {Potent}.]
    1. Not potent; wanting power, strength. or vigor. whether
       physical, intellectual, or moral; deficient in capacity;
       destitute of force; weak; feeble; infirm.
             There sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent inhis
             feet.                                 --Acts xiv. 8.
             O most lame and impotent conclusion!  --Shak.
             Not slow to hear, Nor impotent to save. --Addison.
    2. Wanting the power of self-restraint; incontrolled;
       ungovernable; violent.
             Impotent of tongue, her silence broke. --Dryden.
    3. (Med.) Wanting the power of procreation; unable to
       copulate; also, sometimes, sterile; barren.
  2. \Im"po*tent\, n.
    One who is imoitent. [R.] --Shak.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Unable to have an erection adequate for sexual intercourse.
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