[pyoo-uh-suh ns, pyoo-is-uh ns, pwis-uh ns]

noun Literary.

power, might, or force.

Origin of puissance

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to puiss(ant) puissant + -ance -ance
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Related Words for puissance

vigor, potency, force, power, might, influence, clout, strength, muscle, sway

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British Dictionary definitions for puissance



a competition in showjumping that tests a horse's ability to jump a limited number of large obstacles
archaic, or poetic power

Word Origin for puissance

C15: from Old French; see puissant
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Word Origin and History for puissance

early 15c., "power, strength, authority," from Old French puissance, poissance "power, might" (12c.), from puissant (see puissant).

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