One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lack of power or ability; weakness, helplessness. Also (in early use): lack of means, poverty.
with object To deprive of power. Also (now chiefly): to reduce or stop the supply of power to (a machine, etc.); to power down.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in William Langland (c1325–c1390), poet. From un- + power<br>mid 17th century. From un- + power.
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