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impuissant (adj) powerless.
You are in a state of impuissance when all your power is gone. Your impuissance is your loss of power. Impuissance is weakness and powerlessness.
- The former chief of the tribe, impuissant in his old age, leads a miserable life. As he is no longer the powerful leader he was, no one ever comes to him, and he lives alone.
- Impuissant and sick, he lay on his old bed, and with even his wife deserting him, he is in distress. He spends time contrasting his powerlessness with the days of power he enjoyed in the not distant past.