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[ puh-ten-shuh-lee ]


  1. possibly but not yet actually:

    potentially useful information.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of potentially1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; potential + -ly
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Example Sentences

Because it is cold, anything that falls will stick, potentially leading to a few slick spots.

This Stonehenge bluestone potentially came from the Wales site, the researchers suggest.

The superstar NFL quarterback, potentially the most powerful force in all of sports, is ready to test his might.

So if you ask someone how much they’re paying in rent, that’s a potentially sensitive topic.

To tackle the problem of learning hardware, back in 2018 the team found that single cobalt atoms could potentially take over the role of neurons.

Buzzfeed shows us a potentially terrifying glimpse of the future.

The Eighty-ninth Congress was potentially more fertile ground for the broad range of controversial programs on his dream agenda.

It has a presence, it remains potentially destructive, but all we can do is attempt to marshal it.

Less than six hours later, the FARC potentially came good on the challenge.

It has to be said that Dunham includes characteristics that do make “Barry” potentially identifiable.

Dramatic adaptation in expressing various characters, emotions, and motives is potentially very great.

The latter always meant (for outdoor relief) those who were actually or potentially in employment for hire.

Abraham, bearing the whole Aaronic hierarchy potentially within him, defers to Melchizedek as to his greater.

This being was all beings (potentially); only, at different times, it acts through different faculties.

If so, the genera would exist potentially, but not in actualization; none would have anything characteristic.


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