Definitions for: Impotence


[n] the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
[n] an inability (usually of a male) to copulate



Webster (1913) Definition: Im"po*tence, Impotency Im"po*ten*cy, n. [L.
impotenia inability, poverty, want of moderation. See
Impotent.]
1. The quality or condition of being impotent; want of
strength or power, animal, intellectual, or moral;
weakness; feebleness; inability; imbecility.

Some were poor by impotency of nature; as young
fatherless children, old decrepit persons, idiots,
and cripples. --Hayward.

O, impotence of mind in body strong! --Milton.

2. Want of self-restraint or self-control. [R.] --Milton.

3. (Law & Med.) Want of procreative power; inability to
copulate, or beget children; also, sometimes, sterility;
barrenness.

Synonyms: impotency, impotency, powerlessness

Antonyms: power, powerfulness

See Also: ED, erectile dysfunction, helplessness, impuissance, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, infertility, male erecticle dysfunction, quality, sterility, uninterestingness, unpersuasiveness, weakness

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