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Definition lacking power or ability

or of a male:  unable to maintain an erection, or unable to conceive a child
  • King Lear was enraged but impotent.
impotent = powerless to change things
  • Convicted of being gay in 1952, Alan Turing selected hormonal treatment rather than prison, and it rendered him impotent prior to his committing suicide.
  • impotent = unable to maintain an erection
  • She felt impotent rage.
  • impotent = powerless
  • Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent.
    Freeman J. Dyson
  • impotent = powerless
  • Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South, as it left his descendants stripped of everything but their land,
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • impotent = lacking power
  • Three converts had gone into the village and boasted openly that all the gods were dead and impotent and that they were prepared to defy them by burning all their shrines.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • impotent = without power
  • "The world," he said, "is not a wish-granting factory," and then he broke down, just for one moment, his sob roaring impotent like a clap of thunder unaccompanied by lightning, the terrible ferocity that amateurs in the field of suffering might mistake for weakness.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • impotent = lacking power to change things
  • When he speaks he moves our men to impotence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • impotence = weakness
  • Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • impotent = weak
  • I shouted, hearing Isaac's impotent wailing echoing from the night of the broken trophies.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • impotent = lacking power to change things
  • 1 AVOC: But that Volpone would have ravish'd her, he holds Utterly false; knowing his impotence.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • They become more and more impotent with every season.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Beady Jones and Braverman showed an inflamed and impotent eagerness to take their turn.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • On the whole, he had never felt so impotent in his life.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Why do we stand here impotently in the face of such an outrageous crime, covered by such a ridiculous deception?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I felt stupid and utterly impotent when confronted by their tears.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • With barbarous and insane fury, with sheer impotent folly, he swept a clawing hand for his gun.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • It does not take money long to make plain its impotence, providing the desires are in the realm of affection.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • What is my freedom, if all creatures, even the botched and the impotent, are my masters?
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • It will make you impotent!
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point

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