Definition of impotent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪmpətənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪmpətənt//
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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. They were virtually impotent against the power of the large companies.
  2. 2(of a man) unable to achieve an erection and therefore unable to have full sex The operation left him impotent.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin impotent- ‘powerless’, from in- ‘not’ + potent- ‘being powerful, being able’ (from the verb posse).
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