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potentially

[puh-ten-shuh-lee]
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adverb
  1. possibly but not yet actually: potentially useful information.

Origin of potentially

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at potential, -ly
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Examples from the Web for potentially

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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.

  • 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

adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper