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Meaning of POTENT

Pronunciation:  'powtnt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  having a strong physiological or chemical effect; "a potent toxin"; "potent liquor"; "a potent cup of tea"
  2. [adj]  (of a male) able to copulate
  3. [adj]  having or wielding force or authority; "providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons"
  4. [adj]  having the power to influence or convince; "a cogent analysis of the problem"; "potent arguments"
 

POTENT is a 6 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: cogent, effectual, equipotent, influential, multipotent, strong, virile
 
 Antonyms: impotent
 
 See Also: effective, efficacious, fertile, powerful

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Po"tent\, a. [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. --Shak.
    
    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.
    
    
  2. \Po"tent\, n.
    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.
    
    
 
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