Impotence



[im-puh-tuh ns] /ˈɪm pə təns/

noun
1.
the condition or quality of being ; weakness.
2.
chronic inability to attain or sustain an erection for the performance of a sexual act.
3.
sterility, especially in the male.
4.
Obsolete. lack of self-restraint.
n.

early 15c., “physical weakness,” also “poverty,” from Middle French impotence “weakness,” from Latin impotentia “lack of control or power,” from impotentem (nominative impotens); see impotent. In reference to a want of (male) sexual potency, from c.1500. The figurative senses of the word in Latin were “violence, fury, unbridled passion.” Related: Impotency.

impotence im·po·tence (ĭm’pə-təns) or im·po·ten·cy (-tən-sē)
n.
The quality or condition of being impotent.

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