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What does potent mean?
Potent means strong, powerful, and effective.
It’s commonly applied to things that produce a powerful physical or chemical effect, especially medications and drugs.
It can also be used in a more general way to describe the power or effectiveness of someone or something, such as a leader or a statement.
The noun form of potent is potency.
Example: The medicine is extremely potent, which means that it needs to be used very carefully according to the instructions.
Where does potent come from?
The first records of the word potent come from around the 1300s. It ultimately derives from the Latin potentia, meaning “power.” The word potential comes from the same root.
Potent is perhaps most commonly used in a medical context, in which it’s used to describe something that can have a strong effect on the body. A potent drug is one that will have a very strong effect. For example, some strains of cannabis are more potent than others. When a drug is said to become more or less potent under certain circumstances, this means it becomes stronger or weaker depending on those conditions. While the word is usually used in reference to a drug, it can also be used in reference to a disease. A disease can become more or less potent when it mutates, for example.
More generally, potent is used to describe someone or something strong or powerful. An argument is potent if it is forceful and persuasive. A leader can be described as potent if they wield power effectively. A pungent smell can be described as potent. A strong alcoholic drink might also be called potent, as in Wow, those were some potent potables, Alex!
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- potency (noun)
- potently (adverb)
- potentness (noun)
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How is potent used in real life?
Potent can be used in many different contexts, but it’s most commonly used in relation to how powerful a drug is.
US health officials have issued a warning about marijuana’s effects on developing brains. They say a change in attitudes toward cannabis has created a false sense of security about the increasingly potent drug.
— AP West Region (@APWestRegion) August 29, 2019
A top doctor in Italy was slammed by the @WHO emergencies chief for suggesting the novel coronavirus may be becoming less potent; researchers cautioned that clinical results from Italy likely do not reflect any actual change in the virus. https://t.co/D4atQd4qvr
— Global Health NOW (@ghn_news) June 2, 2020
"The Most Potent Weapon in the Hands of the Oppressor is the Mind of the Oppressed" – Steve Biko
I am reminded of the truth of this statement whenever I encounter Kenyans willing to make all sorts of mental contortions to justify privileges a few enjoy at the expense of the many.
— gathara (@gathara) June 7, 2019
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The medication will become less potent if kept in the sunlight.
Example sentences from the Web for potent
I said that mixture of glamour and vulnerability is potent, especially if you can sense the vulnerability.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was so potent, given all the ways the world is breaking many people, his people, down.Kendrick Lamar Shuts Down ‘The Colbert Report’ with Untitled Track|Charlise Ferguson|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That all-American iconography has always been so potent in the Superman myth.Christopher Nolan Uncut: On ‘Interstellar,’ Ben Affleck’s Batman, and the Future of Mankind|Marlow Stern|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The potent shared interest in defeating ISIS is one such avenue.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran|Leslie H. Gelb|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the attacks could also weaken the most potent opponents to the dictator Bashar al-Assad.Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say|Eli Lake|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Gerald turned to him as to a co-laborer, and took the yellow slip of paper, so potent with intelligent lettering.Sons and Fathers|Harry Stillwell Edwards
And yet was not his instrument the most potent of all, his vehicle the most enduring?Orpheus in Mayfair and Other Stories and Sketches|Maurice Baring
This was not a question of losing a friend, but of having made an enemy of the most potent personage in the court.Peccavi|E. W. Hornung
He had flown from the haunts of men, craving the healing power of nature, trusting to find forgetfulness in her potent charm.Miss Hildreth, Volume 2 of 3|Augusta de Grasse Stevens
How is it that girls are so potent to refuse such favours at one time, and so impotent in preventing their exaction at another?The Bertrams|Anthony Trollope