Potently

potent

1 [poht-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; < Latin potent- (stem of potēns), present participle of posse to be able, have power; see -ent

potently, adverb
potentness, noun


1. strong, puissant. See powerful. 4. influential.


1. weak. 4. ineffectual.
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potent1 (ˈpəʊtənt)
 
adj
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
 
[C15: from Latin potēns able, from posse to be able]
 
'potently1
 
adv
 
'potentness1
 
n

potent2 (ˈpəʊtənt)
 
adj
heraldry (of a cross) having flat bars across the ends of the arms
 
[C17: from obsolete potent a crutch, from Latin potentia power]

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potent
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."
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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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