• IPA: /ˈɪmpətəns/

impotence (uncountable)

  1. Powerlessness; incapacity.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, line 52, [{}/mode/1up page 12]:
      O impotence of mind, in body ſtrong!
  2. Inability to copulate or beget children; sterility, erectile dysfunction, etc.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: impuissance
  • German: Impotenz, Zeugungsunfähigkeit
  • Russian: импоте́нция
  • Spanish: impotencia

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