Impotent


Impotent
Impotent 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. [1913 Webster]

There sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent inhis feet. --Acts xiv. 8. [1913 Webster]

O most lame and impotent conclusion! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Not slow to hear, Nor impotent to save. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Wanting the power of self-restraint; incontrolled; ungovernable; violent. [1913 Webster]

Impotent of tongue, her silence broke. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. (Med.) Wanting the power of procreation; unable to copulate; also, sometimes, sterile; barren; specifically, in males: unable to achieve or sustain a penile erection. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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