potent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*h₁es-

Borrowing from Latin potens, potentem ‎(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
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter I:
      Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence.
  2. Being effective, causing body effects.
    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)

  1. (heraldry) A heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white T shapes.
  2. (obsolete) A prince; a potentate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) A staff or crutch.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin potens, potentem.

Adjective[edit]

potent m ‎(feminine potenta, masculine plural potents, feminine plural potentes)

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

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

pōtent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of pōtō

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin potens, potentem.

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potent

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

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Adjective[edit]

potent

  1. potent, being effective in small quantities.

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Inflection of potent
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular potent mer potent mest potent
Neuter singular potent mer potent mest potent
Plural potenta 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 an attributive role.

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