puissance

[ pyoo-uh-suhns, pyoo-is-uhns, pwis-uhns ]
/ ˈpyu ə səns, pyuˈɪs əns, ˈpwɪs əns /

noun Literary.

power, might, or force.

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Origin of puissance

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

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British Dictionary definitions for puissance

puissance
/ (ˈpjuːɪsəns, ˈpwiːsɑːns) /

noun

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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