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potent

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin potens (powerful, strong, potent), present participle of posse (to be able), from potis (able, powerful, originally a lord, master).

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potent (comparative more potent, superlative most potent)

  1. Possessing strength.
    a potent argument
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter 1, Nobody:
      Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence.
  2. Being effective in small quantities.
    a potent medicine
  3. Having a sharp or offensive taste.
  4. (of a male) Able to procreate.
  5. Very powerful or effective.

NounEdit

potent (plural potents)

  1. (heraldry) A heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white T shapes.
  2. (obsolete) A prince; a potentate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) A staff or crutch.

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LatinEdit

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pōtent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of pōtō

RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin potēns, potentis.

AdjectiveEdit

potent

  1. (literary) potent, strong, vigorous, virile

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potent

  1. potent, being effective in small quantities.

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