Impotence is the state of being weak or unable to accomplish something, like the impotence a broom in clearing a foot of snow from your sidewalk.

The noun impotence comes from the Latin impotentia, meaning “lack of control or power.” Though its most common definition is "the condition of not being physically able to have sexual intercourse," impotence can be any kind of physical weakness or ineffectiveness. You might present a very unconvincing argument. The impotence of your message may lead to not a single person agreeing with you.

Definitions of impotence
  1. noun
    an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate
    synonyms: impotency
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    potence, potency
    the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
    ED, erectile dysfunction, male erecticle dysfunction
    impotence resulting from a man's inability to have or maintain an erection of his penis
    type of:
    infertility, sterility
    the state of being unable to produce offspring; in a woman it is an inability to conceive; in a man it is an inability to impregnate
  2. noun
    the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
    synonyms: impotency, powerlessness
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    power, powerfulness
    possession of controlling influence
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    helplessness, impuissance, weakness
    powerlessness revealed by an inability to act
    inability to persuade
    inability to capture or hold one's interest
    having no voice in the management or control of affairs
    paper tiger
    the nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual
    ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness
    lacking the power to be effective
    banality, dullness
    the quality of lacking interestingness
    heaviness, ponderousness
    an oppressive quality that is laborious and solemn and lacks grace or fluency
    inefficaciousness, inefficacy
    a lack of efficacy
    type of:
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
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