1490-1500; < Latinpotent- (stem of potēns), present participle of posse to be able, have power; see -ent
1. strong, puissant. See powerful. 4. influential.
1. weak. 4. ineffectual.
[poht-nt] /ˈpoʊt nt/
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.
a T -shaped form used in potent or counterpotent.
(of a cross) having a crosspiece at the extremity of each arm:
a cross potent.
1325-75;Middle Englishpotente crutch, variant of potence < French crutch, support < Medieval Latinpotentia,Latin: power, potency
c.1500, from L. potentem (nom. potens) "powerful," prp. of *potere "be powerful," from potis "powerful, able, capable" (cognate with Skt. patih "master, husband," Gk. posis, Lith. patis "husband"). Meaning "having sexual power" is first recorded 1899. Potency is attested from 1539, from L. potentia "power," from potentem "potent."