potent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English potent, borrowed from Latin potens, potentis (powerful, strong, potent), present participle of posse (to be able), from potis (able, powerful, originally a lord, master).

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potent (comparative more potent, superlative most potent)

  1. Possessing strength.
    a potent argument
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 173:
      Moreover, her going was a sufficient reason for Hortense accompanying her; and Mazarin hoped as much from her beautiful face as from all the other potent reasons with which he had charged his negotiators.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
      Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence.
  2. Powerfully effective.
    a potent medicine
  3. Having a sharp or offensive taste.
  4. (of a male) Able to procreate.
  5. Very powerful or effective.

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Noun[edit]

potent (plural potents)

Potent.
  1. (obsolete) A prince; a potentate.
  2. (obsolete) A staff or crutch.
  3. (heraldry) A heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white T shapes.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin potens, potentem.

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potent (masculine and feminine plural potents)

  1. powerful
  2. potent (capable of sexual intercourse)

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Latin potens. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

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potent (not comparable)

  1. (of males) capable of procreation, potent

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of potent
uninflected potent
inflected potente
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial potent
indefinite m./f. sing. potente
n. sing. potent
plural potente
definite potente
partitive potents

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German[edit]

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potent (strong nominative masculine singular potenter, comparative potenter, superlative am potentesten)

  1. potent

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Further reading[edit]

  • potent” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • potent” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

pōtent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of pōtō

Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin potens, potentis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɔːˈtɛnt/, /ˈpɔːtɛnt/

Noun[edit]

potent (plural potentes)

  1. (chiefly Late Middle English) staff, crutch

Descendants[edit]

  • English: potent

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin potens, potentem.

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potent m or n (feminine singular potentă, masculine plural potenți, feminine and neuter plural potente)

  1. (literary) potent, strong, vigorous, virile

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Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

potent

  1. potent, being effective in small quantities.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of potent
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular potent mer potent mest potent
Neuter singular potent mer potent mest potent
Plural potenta mer potenta mest potenta
Masculine plural3 potente mer potenta mest potenta
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 potente mer potente mest potente
All potenta mer potenta mest potenta
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic

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