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; inability; imbecility. [1913 Webster]

Some were poor by impotency of nature; as young fatherless children, old decrepit persons, idiots, and cripples. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

O, impotence of mind in body strong! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Lack of self-restraint or self-control. [R.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law & Med.) Lack of procreative power; inability to copulate, or beget children; also, sometimes, sterility; barrenness; specifically, in males: the inability to achieve or sustain a penile erection; erectile dysfunction. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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