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 for impotent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impotent \Im"po*tent\, a. [F. impotent, L. impotens, -entis;
     pref. im- not + potens potent, powerful. See Potent.]
     1. Not potent; wanting power, strength. or vigor. whether
        physical, intellectual, or moral; deficient in capacity;
        destitute of force; weak; feeble; infirm.
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              There sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent inhis
              feet.                                 --Acts xiv. 8.
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              O most lame and impotent conclusion!  --Shak.
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              Not slow to hear,
              Nor impotent to save.                 --Addison.
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     2. Wanting the power of self-restraint; incontrolled;
        ungovernable; violent.
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              Impotent of tongue, her silence broke. --Dryden.
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     3. (Med.) Wanting the power of procreation; unable to
        copulate; also, sometimes, sterile; barren; specifically,
        in males: unable to achieve or sustain a penile erection.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Impotent \Im"po*tent\, n.
     One who is impotent. [R.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: lacking power or ability; "Technology without morality is
             barbarous; morality without technology is impotent"-
             Freeman J.Dyson; "felt impotent rage" [ant: potent,
             stiff, strong]
      2: (of a male) unable to copulate [ant: potent, virile]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  152 Moby Thesaurus words for "impotent":
     acarpous, aimless, anemic, arid, asexual, asthenic, barren,
     blank cartridge, bloodless, careless, castrated, castrato,
     celibate, chicken, childless, cold, cowardly, crippled,
     debilitated, desert, desolate, disabled, drained, dried-up,
     drooping, droopy, dry, dud, dull, easy, easygoing, effete,
     emasculate, emasculated, enervated, enfeebled, etiolated, eunuch,
     eunuchized, exhausted, faint, faintish, fallow, featherweight,
     feckless, feeble, flabby, flaccid, floppy, forceless, frail,
     frigid, fruitless, frustrated, gaunt, gelded, gelding, gone,
     gutless, helpless, imbecile, imprecise, inadequate, incompetent,
     indifferent, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, inept,
     infecund, infertile, infirm, invalid, invertebrate, issueless,
     jejune, languid, languorous, lax, leached, lenient, lightweight,
     limber, limp, listless, loose, lustless, marrowless, meaningless,
     menopausal, negligent, nerveless, neuter, neutral, no go,
     no-account, nonfertile, nonproducing, nonproductive, nonprolific,
     of no account, of no use, overindulgent, overpermissive,
     permissive, pithless, pointless, pooped, powerless, purposeless,
     relaxed, remiss, rubbery, sapless, sexless, sine prole, sinewless,
     slack, slipshod, sloppy, soft, spineless, sterile, strengthless,
     sucked dry, superfluous, teemless, unauthoritative, unavailing,
     uncultivated, unfertile, unfruitful, unhardened, unnerved,
     unplowed, unproductive, unprolific, unrestrained, unsexed,
     unsexual, unsown, unstrung, untilled, useless, virgin, waste,
     wasted, weak, weakling, weakly, without any weight,
     without issue

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