|1.||a. possible but not yet actual|
|b. (prenominal) capable of being or becoming but not yet in existence; latent|
|2.||grammar (of a verb or form of a verb) expressing possibility, as English may and might|
|3.||an archaic word for potent|
|4.||latent but unrealized ability or capacity: Jones has great potential as a sales manager|
|5.||grammar a potential verb or verb form|
|6.||short for electric potential|
|[C14: from Old French potencial, from Late Latin potentiālis, from Latin potentia power]|
potential po·ten·tial (pə-těn'shəl)
Capable of being but not yet in existence; latent. n.
The inherent ability or capacity for growth, development, or coming into being.
The work required to bring a unit electric charge, magnetic pole, or mass from an infinitely distant position to a designated point in a static electric, magnetic, or gravitational field, respectively.
The potential energy of a unit charge at any point in an electric circuit measured with respect to a specified reference point in the circuit or to ground; voltage.