Vocabulary Builder

Vocabulary Builder

    Improve Your Writing

  • Boost your vocabulary
  • See words in the context of real sentences
  • Learn by association and by definition
  • Master a new lexicon!

Get Started Below

Vocabulary Word

Word: impotent

Definition: weak; ineffective; lacking in physical strength or power


Sentences Containing 'impotent'

According to this view mental properties are as such real constituents of the world, but they are causally impotent; while physical causes give rise to mental properties like sensations, volition, ideas, etc., such mental phenomena themselves cause nothing further - they are causal dead ends.
For he that is angry seems with a kind of grief and close contraction of himself, to turn away from reason; but he that sins through lust, being overcome by pleasure, doth in his very sin bewray a more impotent, and unmanlike disposition.
Glover was impotent and had no interest in sex.
He knows about her night at the sex club with Charles' friends and that Charles is impotent.
He played an impotent role in stopping the 1962 military coup, rounding up the coup leaders and even personally interrogating them.
Hybrids, on the other hand, have their reproductive organs functionally impotent, as may be clearly seen in the state of the male element in both plants and animals; though the formative organs themselves are perfect in structure, as far as the microscope reveals.
In both, the tendency goes to a certain extent with systematic affinity, for whole groups of animals and plants are rendered impotent by the same unnatural conditions; and whole groups of species tend to produce sterile hybrids.
In good time, nevertheless, as the ardour of youth declines; as years and dumps increase; as reflection lends her solemn pauses; in short, as a general lassitude overtakes the sated Turk; then a love of ease and virtue supplants the love for maidens; our Ottoman enters upon the impotent, repentant, admonitory stage of life, forswears, disbands the harem, and grown to an exemplary, sulky old soul, goes about all alone among the meridians and parallels saying his prayers, and warning each young Leviathan from his amorous errors.
In like manner, it is not any energy in the will that produces local motion in our members: It is God himself, who is pleased to second our will, in itself impotent, and to command that motion which we erroneously attribute to our own power and efficacy.
In plants under culture and placed under new conditions of life, sometimes the male organs and sometimes the female organs become more or less impotent; now if we suppose this to occur in ever so slight a degree under nature, then, as pollen is already carried regularly from flower to flower, and as a more complete separation of the sexes of our plant would be advantageous on the principle of the division of labour, individuals with this tendency more and more increased, would be continually favoured or selected, until at last a complete separation of the sexes might be effected.
In the course of the ninth century, the forces which were making for feudalism tended to produce inherited fiefdoms as the only way to ensure stability, especially in the face of renewed external aggression in the form of Viking attacks, to which the impaired central power was demonstrated to be impotent.
In the second place, it is almost as much opposed to the theory of natural selection as to that of special creation, that in reciprocal crosses the male element of one form should have been rendered utterly impotent on a second form, while at the same time the male element of this second form is enabled freely to fertilise the first form; for this peculiar state of the reproductive system could hardly have been advantageous to either species.
Nathan was barred by court order from entering Gracie Mansion (where Hanover still lived) or meeting his children before the divorce was final. In May 2001, Giuliani's attorney revealed (with the mayor's approval) that Giuliani was impotent due to his prostate cancer treatments and had not had sex with Nathan for the preceding year.
Paco Yunque is reduced to impotent grief; his friend Paco Fariña tries to console him.
Pause impotent struggle for further words then he gave it up, choked out a deep, strong oath, and departed for good.
The traditional view of homosexuality assumes one man, the msenge, will play the role of a female (for money or because he himself is impotent, not because he wants to), while the basha, the dominant partner, is assumed to have relations with women as well as men.
They charged the monarchy with being morally corrupt, incompetent, and impotent.
This promise of an impotent old man was so strange that, instead of being the result of the power of his will, it might emanate from enfeebled organs.
With plants, so far is cultivation from giving a tendency towards sterility between distinct species, that in several well-authenticated cases already alluded to, certain plants have been affected in an opposite manner, for they have become self-impotent, while still retaining the capacity of fertilising, and being fertilised by, other species.
“He was amazed, how so impotent and grovelling an insect as I” (these were his expressions) “could entertain such inhuman ideas, and in so familiar a manner, as to appear wholly unmoved at all the scenes of blood and desolation which I had painted as the common effects of those destructive machines; whereof,” he said, “some evil genius, enemy to mankind, must have been the first contriver.

More Vocab Words

::: pseudonym - pen name; fictitious name assumed by an author; ADJ. pseudonymous
::: gnome - dwarf; underground spirit who guards treasure hoards
::: peregrination - journey; V. peregrinate
::: acoustics - science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
::: slander - defamation; utterance of false and malicious statements; V. ADJ. slanderous
::: tranquillity - calmness; peace
::: viand - food; CF. live
::: natty - neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dresser
::: lofty - very high
::: executioner - person administering capital punishment