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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
This is potent enough to really taste the sweetness in each drop of sap.Make your own maple syrup without harming the trees|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|February 7, 2021|Popular Science
But, based on early data, the vaccines appear less potent against a variant that was first identified in South Africa and has been found in the United States.Many who have received the coronavirus vaccine wonder: What can I safely do?|Laurie McGinley, Lenny Bernstein|February 1, 2021|Washington Post
He led the Milwaukee Braves to the World Series championship in 1957, when he was 23, and remained a potent force at the plate into his 40s.Hank Aaron, baseball great who became force for civil rights, dies at 86|Dave Sheinin, Matt Schudel|January 22, 2021|Washington Post
Monitor lizards — naïve to the toads’ potent toxins — will eat the amphibians, with lethal consequences.Monitor lizards’ huge burrow systems can shelter hundreds of small animals|Jake Buehler|January 19, 2021|Science News
In a race to catch up with emerging coronavirus variants, wealthy countries are already benefiting from potent vaccines.Public health officials warn about slow vaccine rollout as coronavirus variants multiply|Katherine Dunn|January 18, 2021|Fortune
The benefits of incumbency are quite potent, especially in the all-important area of raising campaign funds.
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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
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Old feuds were settled in the old way and six inches of steel were more potent than the longest Order in Council.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
The upraised hand, the potent silence, the solemn gaze of a hundred eyes was too much for the old man to bear.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
A more potent and public method of ridicule would be difficult to devise.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope|Colley Cibber
After all she, Hilda, possessed some mysterious characteristic more potent than the elegance and the goodness of Janet Orgreave.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett