Part of speech: noun

Powerlessness. impotency.

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Usage examples "impotence":

  1. He takes a poor credit even from his defeat, and covers impotence under the mask of lenity. - "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.
  2. The extent of his loss- the hopelessness of its recovery- the impotence of his burning desire to avenge the outrage- overwhelmed him. - "The Story Of Kennett", Bayard Taylor.
  3. He stopped before he had taken two steps, with a feeling of impotence, hopelessness. - "The Whirligig of Time", Wayland Wells Williams.