potentiality

[ puh-ten-shee-al-i-tee ]
/ pəˌtɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural po·ten·ti·al·i·ties for 2.

the state or quality of being potential.
something potential; a possibility: Atomic destruction is a grim potentiality.

Nearby words

  1. potential divider,
  2. potential energy,
  3. potential gradient,
  4. potential well,
  5. potential, electric,
  6. potentially,
  7. potentiate,
  8. potentilla,
  9. potentiometer,
  10. potentiometric

Origin of potentiality

From the Medieval Latin word potentiālitās, dating back to 1615–25. See potential, -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for potentiality

potentiality

/ (pəˌtɛnʃɪˈælɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

latent or inherent capacity or ability for growth, fulfilment, etc
a person or thing that possesses such a capacity
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Word Origin and History for potentiality

potentiality

n.

1620s, from potential + -ity, or else from Medieval Latin potentialitas, from potentialis (see potential).

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