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[puh-ten-shuh-lee] /pəˈtɛn ʃə li/
possibly but not yet actually:
potentially useful information.
Origin of potentially
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at potential, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Yet, I repeat, man is potentially a man, however far he may be from actual manhood.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • At the time she came to Martin's shack, she was potentially any one of a half dozen women.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Every inadaptation of the individual to society is potentially comic.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • I still remain the sinner, fundamentally and potentially at every step the sinner.

    The Prodigal Returns Lilian Staveley
  • Try as he would he could not get away from the idea that potentially he shared Dick's guilt.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
Word Origin and History for potentially

early 15c., "in possibility," opposed to actually; from potential + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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