|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Synonyms:||childlessness, fruitlessness, impotence, infecundity, infertility, unfruitfulness, unproductiveness|
|Antonyms:||fecundity, fertility, fruitfulness|
|Category:||2. CONNECTION BETWEEN CAUSE AND EFFECT|
impotence; inability, disability; disablement, impuissance, imbecility; incapacity, incapability; inaptitude, ineptitude, incompetence; indocility; invalidity, disqualification; inefficiency., telum imbelle, brutum fulmen, blank, blank cartridge, flash in the pan, vox et proeterea nihil, dead letter, bit of waste paper, dummy; Quaker gun., inefficacy (inutility); failure., helplessness; prostration, paralysis, palsy, apoplexy, syncope, sideration, deliquium, collapse, exhaustion, softening of the brain, inanition; emasculation, orchotomy., cripple, old woman, muff, mollycoddle.
be impotent; not have a leg to stand on., vouloir rompre l'anguille au genou ["To want to break an eel at the knee" (French)], vouloir prendre la lune avec les dents ["To want to seize the moon with one's teeth" (French)]., collapse, faint, swoon, fall into a swoon, drop; go by the board, end in smoke (fail) [more]., render powerless; deprive of power; disable, disenable; disarm, incapacitate, disqualify, unfit, invalidate, deaden, cramp, tie the hands; double up, prostrate, paralyze, muzzle, cripple, becripple, maim, lame, hamstring, draw the teeth of; throttle, strangle, garrotte, garrote; ratten, silence, sprain, clip the wings of, put hors de combat, spike the guns; take the wind out of one's sails, scotch the snake, put a spoke in one's wheel; break the neck, break the back; unhinge, unfit; put out of gear., unman, unnerve, enervate; emasculate, castrate, geld, alter., shatter, exhaust, weaken.
powerless, impotent, unable, incapable, incompetent; innefficient, ineffective; inept; unfit, unfitted; unqualified, disqualified; unendowed; inapt, unapt; crippled, disabled; armless., harmless, unarmed, weaponless, defenseless, sine ictu, unfortified, indefensible, vincible, pregnable, untenable., paralytic, paralyzed; palsied, imbecile; nerveless, sinewless, marrowless, pithless, lustless; emasculate, disjointed; out of joint, out of gear; unnerved, unhinged; water-logged, on one's beam ends, rudderless; laid on one's back; done up, dead beat, exhausted, shattered, demoralized; graveled (in difficulty); helpless, unfriended, fatherless; without a leg to stand on, hors de combat, laid on the shelf., null and void, nugatory, inoperative, good for nothing; ineffectual (failing); inadequate; inefficacious (useless).
der kranke Mann ["The sick man" (German)]; "desirous still but impotent to rise" [Shenstone].
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