[ poh-tes-tahs, -tuhs ]

noun(in Roman law)
  1. the authority of a paterfamilias over all members of his family and household.

Origin of potestas

First recorded in 1650–60, potestas is from the Latin word potestās literally, power, control, authority

Other words from potestas

  • po·tes·tal, adjective

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