[Antonyms: power.]

[Nouns] impotence; inability, disability; disablement, impuissance, imbecility; incapacity, incapability; inaptitude, ineptitude, incompetence; indocility; invalidity, disqualification; inefficiency.

telum imbelle, brutum fulmen, blank, blank cartridge, flash in the pan, vox et proeterea nihil, dead letter, bit of waste paper, dummy; Quaker gun.

inefficacy (inutility) [more]; failure [more].

helplessness; prostration, paralysis, palsy, apoplexy, syncope, sideration, deliquium, collapse, exhaustion, softening of the brain, inanition; emasculation, orchotomy.

cripple, old woman, muff, mollycoddle.

[Verbs] be impotent; not have a leg to stand on.

vouloir rompre l'anguille au genou ["To want to break an eel at the knee" (French)], vouloir prendre la lune avec les dents ["To want to seize the moon with one's teeth" (French)].

collapse, faint, swoon, fall into a swoon, drop; go by the board, end in smoke (fail) [more].

render powerless; deprive of power; disable, disenable; disarm, incapacitate, disqualify, unfit, invalidate, deaden, cramp, tie the hands; double up, prostrate, paralyze, muzzle, cripple, becripple, maim, lame, hamstring, draw the teeth of; throttle, strangle, garrotte, garrote; ratten, silence, sprain, clip the wings of, put hors de combat, spike the guns; take the wind out of one's sails, scotch the snake, put a spoke in one's wheel; break the neck, break the back; unhinge, unfit; put out of gear.

unman, unnerve, enervate; emasculate, castrate, geld, alter.

shatter, exhaust, weaken [more].

[Adjectives] powerless, impotent, unable, incapable, incompetent; innefficient, ineffective; inept; unfit, unfitted; unqualified, disqualified; unendowed; inapt, unapt; crippled, disabled; armless.

harmless, unarmed, weaponless, defenseless, sine ictu, unfortified, indefensible, vincible, pregnable, untenable.

paralytic, paralyzed; palsied, imbecile; nerveless, sinewless, marrowless, pithless, lustless; emasculate, disjointed; out of joint, out of gear; unnerved, unhinged; water-logged, on one's beam ends, rudderless; laid on one's back; done up, dead beat, exhausted, shattered, demoralized; graveled (in difficulty) [more]; helpless, unfriended, fatherless; without a leg to stand on, hors de combat, laid on the shelf.

null and void, nugatory, inoperative, good for nothing; ineffectual (failing) [more]; inadequate [more]; inefficacious (useless) [more].

[Phrases] der kranke Mann ["The sick man" (German)]; "desirous still but impotent to rise" [Shenstone].

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