- powerful; mighty: a potent fighting force.
- cogent; persuasive: Several potent arguments were in his favor.
- producing powerful physical or chemical effects: a potent drug.
- having or exercising great power or influence: a potent factor in the economy.
- (of a male) capable of sexual intercourse.
Origin of potent1
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- a fur having a pattern of T-shaped forms, placed in alternate directions and having alternating tinctures, one metal and one color, so that all forms of one tincture face the same way and are between, above, and below forms of the other tincture facing the other way.
- a T-shaped form used in potent or counterpotent.
- (of a cross) having a crosspiece at the extremity of each arm: a cross potent.
Origin of potent2
Examples 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
December 26, 2014
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
December 17, 2014
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
November 10, 2014
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
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
September 24, 2014
None suspect that the potent santon is the traitor Jew; but I know it!Leila, Complete
Unless we see this we miss the most potent fact in the whole situation.The Comrade In White
W. H. Leathem
The dreaded name of Iroquois is potent, even across the centuries.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Example is one of the most potent of instructors, though it teaches without a tongue.Self-Help
Woman's tears are the most potent resolvent know to chemistry.
- possessing great strength; powerful
- (of arguments, etc) persuasive or forceful
- influential or authoritative
- tending to produce violent physical or chemical effectsa potent poison
- (of a male) capable of having sexual intercourse
- heraldry (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms
Word Origin and History for potent
early 15c., from Latin potentem (nominative potens) "powerful," present participle of *potere "be powerful," from potis "powerful, able, capable; possible;" of persons, "better, preferable; chief, principal; strongest, foremost," from PIE root *poti- "powerful, lord" (cf. Sanskrit patih "master, husband," Greek posis, Lithuanian patis "husband"). Meaning "having sexual power" is first recorded 1899.
- Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects.
- Able to perform sexual intercourse. Used of a male.