potent

1 [poht-nt]
adjective
1.
powerful; mighty: a potent fighting force.
2.
cogent; persuasive: Several potent arguments were in his favor.
3.
producing powerful physical or chemical effects: a potent drug.
4.
having or exercising great power or influence: a potent factor in the economy.
5.
(of a male) capable of sexual intercourse.

Origin:
1490–1500; < Latin potent- (stem of potēns), present participle of posse to be able, have power; see -ent

potently, adverb
potentness, noun


1. strong, puissant. See powerful. 4. influential.


1. weak. 4. ineffectual.
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potent

2 [poht-nt] Heraldry.
noun
1.
a fur having a pattern of T -shaped forms, placed in alternate directions and having alternating tinctures, one metal and one color, so that all forms of one tincture face the same way and are between, above, and below forms of the other tincture facing the other way.
2.
a T -shaped form used in potent or counterpotent.
adjective
3.
(of a cross) having a crosspiece at the extremity of each arm: a cross potent.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English potente crutch, variant of potence < French crutch, support < Medieval Latin potentia, Latin: power, potency

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potent1 (ˈpəʊtənt)
 
adj
1.  possessing great strength; powerful
2.  (of arguments, etc) persuasive or forceful
3.  influential or authoritative
4.  tending to produce violent physical or chemical effects: a potent poison
5.  (of a male) capable of having sexual intercourse
 
[C15: from Latin potēns able, from posse to be able]
 
'potently1
 
adv
 
'potentness1
 
n

potent2 (ˈpəʊtənt)
 
adj
heraldry (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms
 
[C17: from obsolete potent a crutch, from Latin potentia power]

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potent
c.1500, from L. potentem (nom. potens) "powerful," prp. of *potere "be powerful," from potis "powerful, able, capable" (cognate with Skt. patih "master, husband," Gk. posis, Lith. patis "husband"). Meaning "having sexual power" is first recorded 1899. Potency is attested from 1539, from L. potentia "power,"
from potentem "potent."
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potent po·tent (pōt'nt)
adj.

  1. Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects.

  2. Able to perform sexual intercourse. Used of a male.

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Example sentences
Placebo injections are more effective than placebo pills, and neither is as
  potent as sham surgery.
That's why it's very potent.
Your potent prince, the constable, shall not save you.
It's a gleeful but potent indictment on our wasteful culture.
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