The condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; SYN. disablement, handicap, impairment.
Limitation of a person's ability to carry out the activities of daily living, to the extent that he or she may need help in doing so.
Among adults the commonest disability is reduced mobility. Other common disabilities are in hearing, personal care, dexterity, and continence. Most disabilities arise from debilitating illness such as arthritis or stroke, although injury is also a leading cause. Other forms of disability are recognized in children: developmental disability is the failure to achieve a normal level of competence in some aspect of behavior during infancy, childhood, or adolescence; a learning disability in a child of normal intelligence is a difficulty in acquiring one of the basic cognitive skills of speaking, reading, writing, or calculation.
ETYM Latin impotenia inability, poverty, want of moderation. Related to Impotent.
An inability (usually of a male) to copulate; SYN. impotency.
In medicine, a physical inability to perform sexual intercourse (the term is not usually applied to women). Impotent men fail to achieve an erection, and this may be due to illness, the effects of certain drugs, or psychological factors.
General fatigue or lack of interest may also cause impotence. Treatment for ongoing impotence includes counseling, behavioral therapy, and surgical implants.
ETYM Latin infirmitas; cf. French infirmite. Related to Infirm.
The state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age); SYN. frailty, debility, feebleness, frailness.
The quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble; SYN. impotence, impotency.
1. A penchant for something even though it might not be good for you.
2. The condition of being financially weak.
3. The property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain.