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Present active participle of possum ‎(be able (to)).



potēns m, f, n ‎(genitive potentis); third declension

  1. being able (to), able; potent, mighty, strong, powerful


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative potēns potentēs potentia
genitive potentis potentium
dative potentī potentibus
accusative potentem potēns potentēs potentia
ablative potente, potentī1 potentibus
vocative potēns potentēs potentia

1When used purely as an adjective.

Derived terms[edit]



  • potens in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • potens in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • POTENS” in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • potens” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) oligarchy: paucorum dominatio or potentia
  • potens” in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016