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Webster 1913 Edition


Potent

Po′tent

,
Adj.
[L.
potens
,
-entis
, p. pr. of
posse
to be able, to have power, fr.
potis
able, capable (akin to Skr.
pati
master, lord) +
esse
to be. See
Host
a landlord,
Am
, and cf.
Despot
,
Podesta
,
Possible
,
Power
,
Puissant
.]
1.
Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful’ efficacious;
as, a
potent
medicine
.
“Harsh and potent injuries.”
Shak.
Moses once more his
potent
rod extends.
Milton.
2.
Having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential;
as, a
potent
prince
.
“A potent dukedom.”
Shak.
Most
potent
, grave, and reverend signiors.
Shakespeare
3.
Powerful, in an intellectual or moral sense; having great influence;
as,
potent
interest; a
potent
argument.
Cross potent
.
(Her.)
See Illust. (7) of
Cross
.
Syn. – Powerful; mighty; puissant; strong; able; efficient; forcible; efficacious; cogent; influential.

Po′tent

,
Noun.
1.
A prince; a potentate.
[Obs.]
Shak.
2.
[See
Potence
.]
A staff or crutch.
[Obs.]
3.
(Her.)
One of the furs; a surface composed of patches which are supposed to represent crutch heads; they are always alternately argent and azure, unless otherwise specially mentioned.
Counter potent
(Her.)
,
a fur differing from potent in the arrangement of the patches.

Webster 1828 Edition


Potent

PO'TENT

,
Adj.
[L. potens.] Powerful; physically strong; forcible; efficacious; as a potent medicine.
Moses once more his potent rod extends.
1.
Powerful, in a moral sense; having great influence; as potent interest; a potent argument.
2.
Having great authority, control or dominion; as a potent prince.

PO'TENT

,
Noun.
A prince; a potentate. [Not in use.]
1.
A walking staff or crutch. [Not used.]

Definition 2022


potent

potent

English

Adjective

potent (comparative more potent, superlative most potent)

  1. Possessing strength.
    a potent argument
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter I:
      Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence.
  2. Being effective, causing body effects.
    a potent medicine
  3. Having a sharp or offensive taste.
  4. (of a male) Able to procreate.
  5. Very powerful or effective.

Translations

Noun

potent (plural potents)

  1. (heraldry) A heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white T shapes.
  2. (obsolete) A prince; a potentate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) A staff or crutch.

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External links

  • potent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • potent in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Catalan

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin potens, potentem.

Adjective

potent m (feminine potenta, masculine plural potents, feminine plural potentes)

  1. powerful
  2. potent (capable of sexual intercourse)

Latin

Verb

pōtent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of pōtō

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from Latin potens, potentem.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /poˈtent/

Adjective

potent m, n (feminine singular potentă, masculine plural potenți, feminine and neuter plural potente)

  1. (literary) potent, strong, vigorous, virile

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Swedish

Adjective

potent

  1. potent, being effective in small quantities.

Declension

Inflection of potent
Indefinite/attributive Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular potent mer potent mest potent
Neuter singular potent mer potent mest potent
Plural potenta mer potenta mest potenta
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 potente mer potente mest potente
All potenta mer potenta mest potenta
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in an attributive role.

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