potestas

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From verb possum (able), with noun of state suffix -tas

Pronunciation[edit]

(Classical) IPA(key): /poˈtestaːs/

Noun[edit]

potestas f (genitive potestātis); third declension

  1. power, ability
  2. mastery, control
  3. authority, jurisdiction
  4. dominion, political power
  5. right, legal power
  6. (of a word) meaning
  7. possibility, opportunity

Related terms[edit]

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative potestas potestātēs
genitive potestātis potestātum
dative potestātī potestātibus
accusative potestātem potestātēs
ablative potestāte potestātibus
vocative potestas potestātēs

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • potestas in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879