[pyoo-uh-suhns, pyoo-is-uhns, pwis-uhns]
noun Literary.
power, might, or force.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to puiss(ant) puissant + -ance -ance

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puissance (ˈpjuːɪsəns, ˈpwiːsɑːns)
1.  a competition in showjumping that tests a horse's ability to jump a limited number of large obstacles
2.  archaic, poetic or power
[C15: from Old French; see puissant]

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