[pyoo-uh-suh ns, pyoo-is-uh ns, pwis-uh ns]
- power, might, or force.
Origin of puissance
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Examples from the Web for puissance
Never before had she felt so profoundly the puissance of her sex.
He will always be a puissance; it remains to be seen in whose hands and for what objects.'Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
Might he not, by the puissance of gold, discover who were his real parents?Wood Rangers
The duke followed with all his puissance, and set on his enimies.
Hearing her words, he realized the puissance of all-conquering, maternal love.The Devourers
Annie Vivanti Chartres
- a competition in showjumping that tests a horse's ability to jump a limited number of large obstacles
- archaic, or poetic power
C15: from Old French; see puissant
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Word Origin and History for puissance
early 15c., "power, strength, authority," from Old French puissance, poissance "power, might" (12c.), from puissant (see puissant).
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