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Definition of impotent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1having no power to change things or to influence a situation synonym powerless Without the chairman's support, the committee is impotent. She blazed with impotent rage.
  2. 2(of a man) unable to achieve an erection and therefore unable to have full sex
noun [uncountable] a feeling of impotence in the face of an apparently insoluble problem male impotence
adverb It irritated him to have to sit impotently in silence.
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