po·​ten·​tial·​ly | \ pə-ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce potentially (audio) \

Definition of potentially

: in a potential or possible state or condition used to describe the possible results or effects of somethinga potentially dangerous situation [=a situation that has the potential to be or become dangerous]a potentially useful featureBy creating a personal home page, anyone can publish material that potentially can be read by millions of people worldwide.— Peter H. LewisThe phenomenon seemed significant for both the science of immunology and, potentially, for medicine.— Daniel J. KevlesPotentially adding to the cost of the bail-out is the prevailing FDIC notion that some banks are simply too big to fail.— L. J. DavisThe result, they say, is that children are less compelled to play outside, potentially stunting emotional and physical development and exacerbating a nationwide epidemic of childhood obesity.— Sumathi Reddy

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Potentially.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potentially. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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