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impotent

im·po·tent

impotent

 
pronunciation:
Im p tnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: lacking strength, effectiveness, or capability.
He was popular and had charisma, but he proved to be an impotent leader.The city was impotent to avert the disaster.
antonyms:
effective, potent, powerful, puissant
similar words:
feeble, ineffective, powerless, sterile, weak
definition 2: of a male, unable to have an erection of the penis.
It was not his age, but the side effect of a drug that caused him to be impotent.
antonyms:
potent
definition 3: of a male, sterile.
As the husband was impotent, the couple were unable to have children.
derivation: impotently (adv.)
Word Parts
The word impotent contains the following parts:
im-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix im-2 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2 used before roots beginning with the letter "m," "p," and "b." See in-2.
poss, poten Latin root that means able; power