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IMPOTENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impotent mean? 

IMPOTENT (adjective)
  The adjective IMPOTENT has 2 senses:

1. lacking power or ability
2. (of a male) unable to copulate

  Familiarity information: IMPOTENT used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMPOTENT (adjective)


Sense 1impotent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking power or ability

Context examples:

Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent / felt impotent rage

Similar:

ineffective; ineffectual; unable (lacking in power or forcefulness)

impuissant (lacking physical strength or vigor)

Also:

infertile; sterile; unfertile (incapable of reproducing)

powerless (lacking power)

Attribute:

effectiveness; potency; strength (capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects)

Antonym:

potent (having a strong physiological or chemical effect)


Sense 2impotent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a male) unable to copulate

Antonym:

potent ((of a male) capable of copulation)


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