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[poht-ns] /ˈpoʊt ns/
Origin of potence
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French < Latin potentia potency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The second potence is light (A2), an inner—as weight is an outer—intuition of nature.

  • The potence of the draught which they had forced through her lips, when she had been insensible, acted on her as an anodyne.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • Then suddenly it waked, for the moon was sinking, and the charm had lost its potence.

    My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Genius has never fruited to full bloom and potence, because the mothers have so seldom realised the greatness of their task.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction Arabella Kenealy
  • The first potence is matter and weight—the greatest preponderance of the object.

  • A rapid occupation Must start the needful perspiration, And through thy frame the liquor's potence fling.

    Faust Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • The third potence is organism (A3), the common product of light and weight.

Word Origin and History for potence

"potency," early 15c., from Old French potence "power," from Latin potentia (see potent).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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