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[puh-ten-shuh-lee] /pəˈtɛn ʃə li/
possibly but not yet actually:
potentially useful information.
Origin of potentially
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see potential, -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • potentially lethal information is as easy to come by as it has ever been.
  • Scientists say the underwater hotspots may potentially host unique forms of life previously unknown to science.
  • Treatments for anemia also have potentially life threatening effects.
  • Stem rot is a potentially serious disease of clematis.
  • The case drew widespread interest for its potentially chilling effect.
  • But they also created batches of cells that can potentially replace damaged ones in the ear.
  • The risks of such injuries, as well as other potentially harmful or unsafe.
  • There have been a series of potentially damaging revelations over the past few days.
  • Organic skin care is increasing in popularity due to concern about potentially harmful ingredients in commercial beauty products.
  • Moreover, each vent they tested had a signature sound, potentially providing deep-sea creatures with a sonic road map in the dark.
Word Origin and History for potentially

early 15c., "in possibility," opposed to actually; from potential + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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