the authority of a paterfamilias over all members of his family and household.
- po·tes·tal, adjective
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How to use potestas in a sentence
Such is the tremendous influence of lifelong habit, the irresistible power of the patria potestas when it has never been relaxed.Tales of the Five Towns | Arnold Bennett
Questions of potestas naturally range themselves under more than one head.
But from the undisputed existence of patria potestas no similar inference can be drawn.
Change of rule of descent; relation to potestas, inheritance and local organisation.
Every conquering race has accordingly developed the "patria potestas" to a greater or less degree.Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic | Sidney L. Gulick