Impotent and Unable


Impotent adjective - Lacking power or ability.
Usage example: "morality without technology is impotent"- Freeman J.Dyson

Unable is a synonym for impotent in powerless topic. In some cases you can use "Unable" instead an adjective "Impotent", when it comes to topics like defenceless. popular alternative

Nearby Word: impotence


Unable adjective - Lacking in power or forcefulness.
Usage example: like an unable phoenix in hot ashes

Impotent is a synonym for unable in skill topic. You can use "Impotent" instead an adjective "Unable", if it concerns topics such as powerless, defenceless, not able. popular alternative

Both words in one sentence

  • Jake is tormented by the war wound that has left him sexually impotent and unable to give Brett, whom he loves, the only thing she really wants from a man.
  • Western Animation / The Flintstones The episode in which Bamm-Bamm is adopted by the Rubbles all but explicitly indicates that either Barney is impotent/sterile, or Betty is unable to conceive children.
  • I Love the Dead The Baron reveals to Anne that he, being impotent, was unable to be aroused by any of his wives and describes this as the motive for his string of murders; left unanswered is the question as to whether his impotence only applied to his wives as living people.
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Unable or Impotent. 2016. Accessed March 29, 2023.
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