Impostury

Im*pos"tur*y

(?), n. Imposture. [Obs.] Fuller.

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Im"po*tence

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Im"po*ten*cy

(?), } n. [L. impotenia inability, poverty, lack of moderation. See Impotent.] 1. The quality or condition of being impotent; lack of strength or power, animal, intellectual, or moral; weakness; feebleness; inability; imbecility.
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Some were poor by impotency of nature; as young fatherless children, old decrepit persons, idiots, and cripples.
Hayward.
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O, impotence of mind in body strong!
Milton.
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2. Lack of self-restraint or self-control. [R.] Milton.
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3. (Law & Med.) Lack of procreative power; inability to copulate, or beget children; also, sometimes, sterility; barrenness; specifically, in males: the inability to achieve or sustain a penile erection; erectile dysfunction.
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