powerful

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power +‎ -ful, attested from ca. 1400.

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powerful ‎(comparative powerfuller or powerfuler or more powerful, superlative powerfullest or powerfulest or most powerful)

  1. Having, or capable of exerting power, potency or influence.
    • William Shakespeare
      The powerful grace that lies / In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 19, The China Governess[1]:
      As soon as Julia returned with a constable, Timothy, who was on the point of exhaustion, prepared to give over to him gratefully. The newcomer turned out to be a powerful youngster, fully trained and eager to help, and he stripped off his tunic at once.
  2. (mining) Large; capacious; said of veins of ore.

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