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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [im-puh-tuh ns]
    • /ˈɪm pə təns/
    • /ˈɪm.pə.təns/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [im-puh-tuh ns]
    • /ˈɪm pə təns/

Definitions of impotence word

  • noun impotence the condition or quality of being impotent; weakness. 1
  • noun impotence chronic inability to attain or sustain an erection for the performance of a sexual act. 1
  • noun impotence sterility, especially in the male. 1
  • noun impotence Obsolete. lack of self-restraint. 1
  • noun impotence Powerlessness. 1
  • noun impotence inability to get erection 1

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Origin of impotence

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; late Middle English, variant (see -ence) of impotencie < Latin impotentia want of self-control, weakness. See im-2, potency

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Parts of speech for Impotence


impotence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 80% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for impotence

noun impotence

  • infertility — not fertile; unproductive; sterile; barren: infertile soil.
  • barrenness — not producing or incapable of producing offspring; sterile: a barren woman.
  • anti-productive — having the power of producing; generative; creative: a productive effort.
  • infecundity — not fecund; unfruitful; barren.
  • powerlessness — unable to produce an effect: a disease against which modern medicine is virtually powerless.

Antonyms for impotence

noun impotence

  • soundness — free from injury, damage, defect, disease, etc.; in good condition; healthy; robust: a sound heart; a sound mind.
  • strength — the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
  • potence — potency.

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