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From potēns +‎ -ia.



potentia f (genitive potentiae); first declension

  1. force, power, might
  2. ability, capacity
  3. political power, authority, influence, sway
  4. crutch, walking aid (Middle Latin only)


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative potentia potentiae
Genitive potentiae potentiārum
Dative potentiae potentiīs
Accusative potentiam potentiās
Ablative potentiā potentiīs
Vocative potentia potentiae


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  1. nominative neuter plural of potēns
  2. accusative neuter plural of potēns
  3. vocative neuter plural of potēns


  • potentia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • potentia in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • potentia in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • potentia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to acquire influence: opes, gratiam, potentiam consequi
    • (ambiguous) oligarchy: paucorum dominatio or potentia
  • potentia in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • potentia in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • potentia in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • potentia in Richard Stillwell et al., editor (1976) The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press