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English definition of “impotence”

impotence

noun [U] uk   /ˈɪm.pə.təns/ us    /-t̬əns/

impotence noun [U] (LACK OF POWER)

lack of power to change or improve a situation: political impotence a sense of impotenceWeakness and vulnerability

impotence noun [U] (SEXUAL PROBLEM)

specialized medical a medical condition in which a man cannot have sex because his penis cannot become hard or stay hard: Men sometimes suffer from impotence after a serious illness.Lack of sexual activity specialized medical a medical condition in which a man is unable to have children
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