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  • adv. In an impotent manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an impotent manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an impotent manner; without strength or force.
  • Without self-restraint; beyond power of control.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a helpless manner


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  • By the same token, paying $5 so your character in The Graveyard can die after an hour wandering around impotently is incredibly moving, but I wouldn't want to pay $60 to do the same thing for 15 hours.

    Kicking The Dog

  • The US and NATO have demonstrated to the world they were taken completely by surprise and had no Plan B – unless frothing impotently from the sidelines could be described as a plan.

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  • ... gracefully dealing with a stolen election ... you didn't mean to say "impotently", did you?

    Report: Hillary Believes Obama Threat Will "Diminish"

  • The little thlakko called for attention, his leg hanging impotently.

    Fire The Sky

  • I watched impotently as the screams, shrieks, and bellows of combat mixed with the clatter of arrows off armor and the chopping sounds of men killing each other.

    Fire The Sky

  • Spectral, naked black branches now clawed impotently at the tortured sky.

    Fire The Sky

  • Warriors shot for the center of the chest, only to curse as their stone points shattered on hierro or their arrows thunked impotently into cloth batting.

    Fire The Sky

  • I thank her and walk off, leaving the other guy at the desk, still screaming impotently.

    Get Laid or Die Trying

  • Democrats backed down from putting the GOP on the spot, however, punting the decision on the Bush tax cuts to the lame-duck session, when everyone buckled under the pressure of all the "hostage taking" that Obama would finally and impotently decry.

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  • Meanwhile, poor Cardenio impotently seeks revenge like a Hispanic Hamlet.

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