potent

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[ poht-nt ]
/ ˈpoʊt nt /

adjective

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 potent

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1490–1500; < Latin potent- (stem of potēns), present participle of posse to be able, have power; see -ent

SYNONYMS FOR potent

4 influential.

ANTONYMS FOR potent

Related forms

po·tent·ly, adverbpo·tent·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for potently (1 of 2)

potent

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/ (ˈpəʊtənt) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

potently, adverbpotentness, noun

Word Origin for potent

C15: from Latin potēns able, from posse to be able

British Dictionary definitions for potently (2 of 2)

potent

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/ (ˈpəʊtənt) /

adjective

heraldry (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms

Word Origin for potent

C17: from obsolete potent a crutch, from Latin potentia power
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Medicine definitions for potently

potent

[ pōtnt ]

adj.

Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects.
Able to perform sexual intercourse. Used of a male.
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