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From potēns, present active participle of possum ‎(I am able).



potentia f ‎(genitive potentiae); first declension

  1. force, power, might
  2. ability, capacity
  3. political power, authority, influence, sway


First declension.

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 & 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 Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (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