in posse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin in posse, from in(in) + posse(to be able; can).

Adjective[edit]

in posse ‎(not comparable)

  1. in possibility, having a potential to exist, in potential but not in actuality, (contradistinguished by in esse)

Adverb[edit]

in posse ‎(not comparable)

  1. in possibility, having a potential to exist, in potential but not in actuality, (contradistinguished by in esse)

Usage notes[edit]

  • A child living is in esse, but before birth is only in posse.

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