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adjective as in without power or ability

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The problem is clear—substantial government reforms in the face of impotent majority opposition can destabilize a democracy.

From Time

All those other parties are small and mostly impotent because the two major parties have been successful at constraining upstarts.

They have watched in impotent fury as the coronavirus pandemic has boosted governing parties such as Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and incumbent leaders such as Giuseppe Conte in Italy, pushing them to the political margins.

From Ozy

Businesses, if no longer quite oblivious to global warming, seemed impotent to make changes that might slow it.

Chevy Chase’s bumbling Gerald Ford made America see the accomplished athlete as awkward and impotent.

From Vox

As the protagonist gets herself off in front of her impotent husband, she moans “Oh, Gronky.”

He was prescribed a course of hormone pills that caused him to grow breasts and rendered him impotent.

Of course, what people like Erickson and Sarah Palin want the House to do is impeach Obama, not file an impotent lawsuit.

Chicago is a city imperiled by impotent leadership that is unwilling to face down this crisis.

This is a bad plan, and totally impotent when it comes to preventing daytime break-ins.

As so much time has elapsed since the orders were given, the persons that ordered them are quite impotent.

For the third time she watched a coronet slip through her strong determined impotent fingers.

Hamburg writhed impotent at his feet and the "heavy arm of justice fell on the canaille."

Dine darted after him to box his ears, words being impotent, and Tessa went into the house.

She clasped her thin hands in a frenzy of impotent rage—with Anne Ashton had lain the real triumph, with herself the sacrifice.


On this page you'll find 75 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to impotent, such as: helpless, inadequate, incapable, incompetent, ineffective, and ineffectual.

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