potence

potence

[poht-ns]
noun

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French < Latin potentia potency

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potency or potence (ˈpəʊtənsɪ)
 
n , pl -tencies, -tences
1.  the state or quality of being potent
2.  latent or inherent capacity for growth or development
 
[C16: from Latin potentia power, from posse to be able]
 
potence or potence
 
n
 
[C16: from Latin potentia power, from posse to be able]

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