from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Lack of power or effectiveness; weakness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Impotence, weakness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Lack of power; inability.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Powerlessness; impotence; feebleness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. powerlessness revealed by an inability to act
While less deference may be due now that the formal authority's impuissance has been exposed, this is not the time to mock, point fingers, or rest on our laurels.
Following a tinny peace agreement this week, allegations have arisen that there may have even been a $6 million bribe to encourage Taliban leaders 'cooperation, revealing the extent of the government's impuissance and desperation.
Most analysts of international relations agree that it was a period during which the traditional alliance between Washington and Brussels was languished; mainly due to Bush administration's impuissance to search for broader consensus regarding the Iraq War.
Il y a une certaine impuissance de ces mots pour guérir les maux de coeur.
She thought she was sick; she had never felt such impuissance.
I knew, impotent as I was, that I _could_ play it -- I could feel the sense of power tingling through my own impuissance.
-- Si donc les noirs sont bornés ici à un petit commerce de détail, n'en accusons pas leur impuissance, mais le préjugé des blancs, qui leur donnent des entraves.
Think but lightly of such impuissance? what stops my despair?
Then came the Son of God in time when man was vanquished of ignorance and impuissance.
After, came the law of God, which hath given commandment in which he hath been overcome of impuissance, as first he hath cried: There is none that fulfilleth but that commandeth.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.