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potent

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adjective po·tent \ˈpō-tənt\

Definition of potent

  1. 1 :  having or wielding force, authority, or influence :  powerful

  2. 2 :  achieving or bringing about a particular result :  effective

  3. 3 a :  chemically or medicinally effective <a potent vaccine> b :  rich in a characteristic constituent <a potent drink>

  4. 4 :  able to copulate —usually used of the male

po·tent·ly adverb


Origin of potent

Middle English, from Latin potent-, potens (present participle of posse to be able), from Latin potis, pote able; akin to Gothic brūthfaths bridegroom, Greek posis husband, Sanskrit pati master


First Known Use: 15th century


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potent

adjective po·tent

Definition of potent

of a heraldic cross

  1. :  having flat bars across the ends of the arms — see cross illustration



Origin of potent

obsolete English potent crutch


First Known Use: 1610

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potent

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adjective po·tent \ˈpōt-ənt\

Medical Definition of potent

  1. 1:  having force or power

  2. 2:  chemically or medicinally effective <a potent vaccine>

  3. 3:  able to copulate—usually used of the male

  4. po·tent·ly adverb





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