Im"po*tence (?), Im"po*ten*cy (?), n. [L. impotenia inability, poverty, want of moderation. See Impotent.]
The quality or condition of being impotent; want of strength or power, animal, intellectual, or moral; weakness; feebleness; inability; imbecility.
Some were poor by impotency of nature; as young fatherless children, old decrepit persons, idiots, and cripples.
O, impotence of mind in body strong!
Want of self-restraint or self-control.
3. Law& Med.
Want of procreative power; inability to copulate, or beget children; also, sometimes, sterility; barrenness.
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