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  1. potency.
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Origin of potence

1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French < Latin potentia potency
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Examples from the Web for potence

Historical Examples

  • The potence of the draught which they had forced through her lips, when she had been insensible, acted on her as an anodyne.



  • The first potence is matter and weight—the greatest preponderance of the object.

  • The third potence is organism (A3), the common product of light and weight.

  • The second potence is light (A2), an inner—as weight is an outer—intuition of nature.

  • Genius has never fruited to full bloom and potence, because the mothers have so seldom realised the greatness of their task.

Word Origin and History for potence


"potency," early 15c., from Old French potence "power," from Latin potentia (see potent).

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