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

n an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate

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

n the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble

impotency, powerlessness
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
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
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an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

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