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puissance

puissance

noun puis·sance \ˈpwi-sən(t)s, ˈpyü-ə-sən(t)s, pyü-ˈi-sən(t)s\

Definition of PUISSANCE

Examples of PUISSANCE

  1. <the president pledged to put the full puissance of the nation into the war effort>

Origin of PUISSANCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French pussance, puissance, from pussant able, powerful, from poer to be able, be powerful — more at power
First Known Use: 15th century

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