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potent1

[poht-nt] /ˈpoʊt 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
1490-1500; < Latin potent- (stem of potēns), present participle of posse to be able, have power; see -ent
Related forms
potently, adverb
potentness, noun
Synonyms
1. strong, puissant. See powerful. 4. influential.
Antonyms
1. weak. 4. ineffectual.

potent2

[poht-nt] /ˈpoʊt nt/
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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British Dictionary definitions for potent

potent1

/ˈpəʊtənt/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
potently, adverb
potentness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin potēns able, from posse to be able

potent2

/ˈpəʊtənt/
adjective
1.
(heraldry) (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete potent a crutch, from Latin potentia power
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Word Origin and History for potent
adj.

early 15c., from Latin potentem (nominative potens) "powerful," present participle of *potere "be powerful," from potis "powerful, able, capable; possible;" of persons, "better, preferable; chief, principal; strongest, foremost," from PIE root *poti- "powerful, lord" (cf. Sanskrit patih "master, husband," Greek posis, Lithuanian patis "husband"). Meaning "having sexual power" is first recorded 1899.

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potent in Medicine

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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