follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

potence

[poht-ns] /ˈpoʊt ns/
noun
1.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French < Latin potentia potency
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for potence

potency

/ˈpəʊtənsɪ/
noun (pl) -tencies, -tences
1.
the state or quality of being potent
2.
latent or inherent capacity for growth or development
Word Origin
C16: from Latin potentia power, from posse to be able
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for potence
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for potence

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for potence

11
14
Scrabble Words With Friends