Definition of impotently in US English:



  • See impotent

    • ‘‘We raged impotently, wondering why this has happened to us, asking the usual questions of God and the universe,’ he writes.’
    • ‘These ordinary people, trying to get on with their normal working lives under terrible conditions, impotently await their fate.’
    • ‘In fantasy literature the availability of power is in inverse proportion to the daily lives of a typical teenager, hemmed in by school and family and impotently yearning for autonomy.’
    • ‘The state watches impotently as its culture, beamed in from the coasts, becomes coarser and more offensive by the year.’
    • ‘I suppose I'll get used to it in a few weeks and won't get so impotently angry at the futility of their actions for which they receive good money.’