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
Middle English impuissaunce, from Old French impuissance : in-, not; see in-1 + puissance, power; see puissance.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French impuissance. (Wiktionary)