[poh-tes-tahs, -tuh s]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for potestas
The children were always under the potestas of their parents.
It is, therefore, as regards both the potestas ordinis Church of England.
They further induced his father to make use of his potestas in restraining his son.
The Senate as such was distinct from the populus, as having auctoritas, while the populus had only potestas.The Evolution of States
J. M. Robertson
Where the Potestas begins, Kinship begins; and therefore adoptive relatives are among the kindred.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine