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Definition lacking power or ability

or of a male:  unable to copulate
  • 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
  • 1 AVOC: But that Volpone would have ravish'd her, he holds Utterly false; knowing his impotence.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • When he speaks he moves our men to impotence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • They become more and more impotent with every season.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • He repeated his story, harshly recapitulant, seeming toget an actual pleasure out of his outrage and impotence.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • 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
  • The boss slashed impotently at newspapers, printed blurry slips and pasted items askew.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • His rage and impotence is now almost ecstatic.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I couldn't shake off that clinging impotence.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Since artists are politically impotent, they must use this time to develop at deeper emotional levels.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • It had begun to seem to them that events were trying to prove that they were impotent.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Many letters tell of soldiers hiding fugitives in camp and laughing at the impotent rage of owners who went home empty-handed.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • At that moment, the viscount could not help uttering an exclamation of impotent rage.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera

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