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potestas

[poh-tes-tahs, -tuh s] /poʊˈtɛs tɑs, -təs/
noun, (in Roman law)
1.
the authority of a paterfamilias over all members of his family and household.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin potestās literally, power, control, authority
Related forms
potestal, adjective
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