• (noun): Lack of power or effectiveness; weakness.

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  • (noun): powerlessness revealed by an inability to act; "in spite of their weakness the group remains active"

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  • While less deference may be due now that the formal authority's impuissance has been exposed, this is not the time to mock, point fingers, or rest on our laurels.

  • Following a tinny peace agreement this week, allegations have arisen that there may have even been a $6 million bribe to encourage Taliban leaders 'cooperation, revealing the extent of the government's impuissance and desperation.

  • Most analysts of international relations agree that it was a period during which the traditional alliance between Washington and Brussels was languished; mainly due to Bush administration's impuissance to search for broader consensus regarding the Iraq War.

  • Il y a une certaine impuissance de ces mots pour guérir les maux de coeur.

  • She thought she was sick; she had never felt such impuissance.

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