Definition of IMPOTENCE


IMPOTENCE

med. jur. The incapacity for copulation or propagating
the species. It has also been used synonymously with sterility.

2. Impotence may be considered as incurable, ourable, accidental
or temporary. Absolute or incurable impotence, is that for which
there is no known relief, principally originating in some
malformation or defect of the genital organs. Where this defect
existed at the time of the marriage, and was incurable, by the
ecclesiastical law and the law of several of the American states,
the marriage may be declared void ab initio. Com. Dig. Baron and
Feme, C 3; Bac. Ab. Marriage, &c., E 3; 1 Bl. Com. 440; Beck s Med.
Jur. 67; Code, lib. 5, t. 17, l. 10; Poynt. on Marr. and Div. ch.
8; 5 Paige, 554; Merl. Rp. mot Impuissance. But it seems the party
naturally impotent cannot allege that fact for the purpose of
obtaining a divorce. 3 Phillim. R. 147; S. C. 1 Eng. Eccl. R. 384.
See 3 Phillim. R. 325; S. C. 1 Eng. Eccl. R. 408; 1 Chit. Med. Jur.
877; 1 Par. & Fonbl. 172, 173. note d; Ryan s Med. Jur. 95. to 111;
1 Bl. Com. 440; 2 Phillm. R. 10; 1 Hagg. R. 725. See, as to the
signs of impotence, 1 Briand, Md. Lg. c. 2, art. 2, 2, n.
1; Dictionnaire des Sciences Mdicales, art. Impuissance; and,
generally, Trebuchet, Jur. de la. Med. 100, 101, 102; 1 State Tr.
315; 8 State Tr. App. No. 1, p. 23; 3 Phillm. R. 147; 1 Hagg. Eccl.
R. 523; Foder, Md. Lg. 237.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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