impotence

  • 1 impotence — [ ɛ̃pɔtɑ̃s ] n. f. • v. 1265; lat. impotentia ♦ État d une personne impotente. ● impotence nom féminin (latin impotentia) État d un individu impotent. ● impotence (expressions) nom féminin (latin impotentia) Impotence fonction …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 impotence — I noun debilitation, debility, defenselessness, failure, feebleness, forcelessness, helplessness, imbecillitas, impotency, impuissance, inability, inadequacy, incapability, incapacitation, incapacity, incompetence, incompetency, ineffectiveness,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Impotence — Im po*tence, Impotency Im po*ten*cy, n. [L. impotenia inability, poverty, lack of moderation. See {Impotent}.] 1. The quality or condition of being impotent; lack of strength or power, animal, intellectual, or moral; weakness; feebleness;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 impotence — (n.) early 15c., physical weakness, also poverty, from M.Fr. impotence weakness, from L. impotentia lack of control or power, from impotentem (nom. impotens); see IMPOTENT (Cf. impotent). In reference to a want of (male) sexual potency, from… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 impotence — n. pl. impotencies [im′pə təns] n. [OFr < L impotentia] the quality or condition of being impotent: also impotency n. impotencies …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 impotence — /im peuh teuhns/, n. 1. the condition or quality of being impotent; weakness. 2. chronic inability to attain or sustain an erection for the performance of a sexual act. 3. sterility, esp. in the male. 4. Obs. lack of self restraint. Also,… …

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  • 7 Impotence — Le terme impotence (du latin impotentia, « impuissance, faiblesse ») désigne : L état d une personne impotente, c’est à dire se déplaçant avec grande difficulté, voire grabataire. Une impotence fonctionnelle : inaptitude à se… …

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  • 8 impotence — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ relative (esp. BrE) ▪ the relative impotence of individual governments in the face of global forces ▪ male ▪ political, sexual VERB + IMPOTENCE …

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  • 9 Impotence — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Impotence >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 impotence impotence Sgm: N 1 inability inability disability Sgm: N 1 disablement disablement impuissance imbecility Sgm: N 1 incapacity incapacity incapability …

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  • 10 impotence — (in po tan s ) s. f. Terme de médecine. État de celui qui est impotent. HISTORIQUE    XIIIe s. •   Après s en va sans escuier ; Mès por ses membres apuier Ot ausinc cum par impotence De traïson une potence, la Rose, 12295.    XIVe s.… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 11 impotence — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Lack of strength Nouns 1. impotence, inability, disability; disablement, impuissance, incapacity, incapability; inaptness, ineptitude, inefficiency, incompetence; disqualification. See weakness,… …

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  • 12 impotence — [[t]ɪ̱mpətəns[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Impotence is a lack of power to influence people or events. ...a sense of impotence in the face of deplorable events. Syn: powerlessness 2) N UNCOUNT Impotence is a man s sexual problem in which his penis fails to… …

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  • 13 impotence — im·po·tence im pət ən(t)s n 1) the quality or state of not being potent <drug resistant bacteria are a virulent indicator of the growing impotence of antibiotics> 2) an abnormal physical or psychological state of a male characterized by… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 14 impotence — impotent ► ADJECTIVE 1) helpless or powerless. 2) (of a man) abnormally unable to achieve an erection or orgasm. DERIVATIVES impotence noun impotency noun impotently adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 15 impotence — noun Date: 15th century the quality or state of being impotent …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 IMPOTENCE — s. f. T. de Médec. État de celui qui est impotent …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 17 IMPOTENCE — n. f. état de celui qui est impotent …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 18 impotence — noun a) Powerlessness. b) Erectile dysfunction. See Also: impotent …

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  • 19 impotence — Synonyms and related words: absurdity, adynamia, aimlessness, anemia, aridity, atony, barrenness, birth control, blah feeling, bloodlessness, bootlessness, cachexia, cachexy, carelessness, carnality, coldness, contraception, cowardice, dearth,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 impotence — im|po|tence [ ımpətns ] noun uncount 1. ) a medical condition in which a man is not able to have sex because his PENIS does not stay hard 2. ) a lack of power or control that prevents someone from doing something …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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