What does Impotence mean?

Definitions for Impotence
ˈɪm pə tənsim·po·tence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. powerlessness, impotence, impotencynoun

    the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble

  2. impotence, impotencynoun

    an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate


  1. impotencenoun


    O, impotence of mind in body strong! uE000149100uE001 Milton.

  2. impotencenoun

    Inability to copulate or beget children; sterility, erectile dysfunction, etc.

  3. Etymology: impotentia inability, poverty, want of moderation. See impotent.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Impotence, Impotencynoun

    Etymology: impotentia, Latin.

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

    Weakness, or the impotence of exercising animal motion, attends fevers. Arbuthnot.

    God is a friend and a father, whose care supplies our wants, and defends our impotence, and from whose compassion in Christ we hope for eternal glory hereafter. John Rogers, Sermons.

    This is not a restraint or impotency, but the royal prerogative of the most absolute king of kings; that he wills to do nothing but what he can; and that he can do nothing which is repugnant to his divine goodness. Richard Bentley.

    Will he, so wise, let loose at once his ire,
    Belike through impotence, or unaware,
    To give his enemies their wish, and end
    Them in his anger, whom his anger saves
    To punish endless? John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Yet all combin'd,
    Your beauty and my impotence of mind. Dryden.

    Dulness with obscenity must prove
    As hateful, sure, as impotence in love. Alexander Pope.


  1. impotence

    Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, is the type of sexual dysfunction in which the penis fails to become or stay erect during sexual activity. It is the most common sexual problem in men. Through its connection to self-image and to problems in sexual relationships, erectile dysfunction can cause psychological harm. In about 80% of cases, physical causes can be identified. These include cardiovascular disease; diabetes mellitus; neurological problems, such as those following prostatectomy; hypogonadism; and drug side effects. About 10% of cases are psychological impotence, caused by thoughts or feelings; here, there is a strong response to placebo treatment. The term erectile dysfunction is not used for other disorders of erection, such as priapism. Treatment involves addressing the underlying causes, lifestyle modifications, and addressing psychosocial problems. In many cases, treatment is attempted by drugs, specifically PDE5 inhibitors (such as sildenafil), which dilate blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow through the spongy tissue of the penis (akin to opening a valve further in order to allow more water to enter a fire hose). Other treatments, less commonly used, include prostaglandin pellets, inserted in the urethra; smooth-muscle relaxants and vasodilators, injected into the penis; penile implants; penis pumps; and vascular reconstructive surgery.


  1. impotence

    Impotence is a medical condition characterized by an individual's persistent inability to attain or maintain an erection adequate for sexual intercourse. This condition can also be accompanied by the lack of sexual desire or problems with ejaculation or orgasm. It is also often referred to as erectile dysfunction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impotencenoun

    alt. of Impotency

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Impotence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Impotence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Impotence in a Sentence

  1. P.L. Berger:

    In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.

  2. Ayn Rand:

    The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.

  3. Ana Mirelman:

    Impotence, anguish, corruption, shame, these are some of the things I feel when I think of the Nisman case.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi:

    It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.

  5. Pablo Yanez:

    We failed and it gives you a feeling of impotence, the reality is that people wanted us to come to an agreement, so I'm not surprised that they're angry.

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