Definition of 'impotent'

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Example sentences containing 'impotent'

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He admits that he worries for the country and for his party, and has been left feeling impotent stuck on the sidelines. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The alternative is to become impotent very fast. Peter F. Drucker MANAGING IN TURBULENT TIMES (1980)Central government has become the more impotent the bigger it has grown. Peter F. Drucker MANAGING IN TURBULENT TIMES (1980)They cannot be altogether surprised if people now lump them all together in impotent fury. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It makes your teeth itch with impotent rage. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Golf courses once tamed and made to look impotent are sinking their teeth into him. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Opposition captains fear that if he gets going they are likely to be impotent in the face of the onslaught. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is known as impotent rage. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Government in these countries has not only been totally discredited; it has become totally impotent. Peter F. Drucker THE ESSENTIAL DRUCKER (2001)The President seems impotent as storms rage around his head. The Sun (2010)Just look at how impotent the Government has been over the steel debacle. The Sun (2015)A second argument is that monetary policy becomes impotent if it is overused. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I feel impotent to offer any genuine help to sick people. Christianity Today (2000)Has the man been impotent? The Times Literary Supplement (2012)So now you're in the cinema, shaking with impotent fury. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The remake was funny, full of good jokes, strong characters and little blasts of impotent rage. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Or a man becoming impotent if he's in a relationship that he can't admit he wants to leave. The Sun (2012)He was fat, he was used to having his own way, and he was loud in his impotent fury about the weather. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It also takes no account of the many American men made impotent by surgery for benign tumours they would have died with, not of. Times, Sunday Times (2008)

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Translations for 'impotent'

British English: impotent ADJECTIVE
If someone feels impotent, they feel that they have no power to influence people or events.
The aggression of a bully leaves people feeling hurt, angry, and impotent.


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