potency

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin potentia. Doublet of Potenza.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpəʊtənsi/
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Noun[edit]

potency (countable and uncountable, plural potencies)

  1. Power, authority.
  2. The ability or capacity to perform something
    1. (usually of men) Sexual virility: the ability to become erect or achieve orgasm.
      Antonym: impotence
  3. (of alcoholic drinks, of drugs) Concentration; strength
  4. Potentiality, ability, capacity.
  5. (mathematics, dated) Cardinality.

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