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ˈpoʊt n sipo·ten·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. authority, authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-sonoun

    the power or right to give orders or make decisions

    "he has the authority to issue warrants"; "deputies are given authorization to make arrests"; "a place of potency in the state"

  2. potency, effectiveness, strengthnoun

    capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects

    "the toxin's potency"; "the strength of the drinks"

  3. potential, potentiality, potencynoun

    the inherent capacity for coming into being

  4. potency, potencenoun

    the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse


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  3. potencynoun

    The ability or capacity to perform something.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Potencynoun

    Etymology: potentia, Lat.

    Now arriving
    At place of potency and sway o’th’state,
    If he should still malignantly remain
    Fast foe to the plebeians, your voices might
    Be curses to yourselves. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I would I had your potency. William Shakespeare.

    Thou hast sought to make us break our vow,
    To come betwixt our sentence and our power,
    Which nor our nature nor our place can bear,
    Our potency make good. William Shakespeare.

    By what name shall we call such an one, as exceedeth God in potency. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Use can master the devil, or throw him out
    With wond’rous potency. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.


  1. potency

    Potency refers to the strength, power, or effectiveness of something, often a drug, chemical, or other medicinal agent. It describes its capacity to bring out a certain effect or to influence something or someone. The greater the potency, the less amount of a substance is needed to achieve a certain effect. The term is widely used in pharmacology, biology, herbology, and even in general discourse to describe influence or effectiveness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Potencynoun

    the quality or state of being potent; physical or moral power; inherent strength; energy; ability to effect a purpose; capability; efficacy; influence

  2. Etymology: [L. potentia, from potens, -entis, potent. See Potent, and cf. Potance, Potence, Puissance.]


  1. Potency

    In the field of pharmacology, potency is a measure of drug activity expressed in terms of the amount required to produce an effect of given intensity. A highly potent drug evokes a larger response at low concentrations, while a drug of lower potency evokes a small response at low concentrations. It is proportional to affinity and efficacy. Affinity is the ability of the drug to bind to a receptor. Efficacy is the relationship between receptor occupancy and the ability to initiate a response at the molecular, cellular, tissue or system level. The response is equal to the effect, or, and depends on both the drug binding and the drug-bound receptor then producing a response; thus, potency depends on both affinity and efficacy. The agonist, the ligand, drug or hormone that binds to the receptor and initiates the response is usually abbreviated A or D. Below a certain concentration of agonist, E is too low to measure but at higher concentrations it becomes appreciable and rises with increasing agonist concentration [A] until at sufficiently high concentrations it can no longer be increased by raising [A] and asymptotes to a maximum Emax.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of potency in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of potency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of potency in a Sentence

  1. Waitress Giorgia Ponturo:

    This bar dates back to 1947, it used to be a brothel and gay hotspot, then the owner decided to adopt the phallus motif, which was an ancient Greek symbol of sexual potency and fertility, to reaffirm the virility of Sicilian men. It also brings good luck.

  2. Philip Goulder:

    Overall we are bringing down the ability of HIV to cause AIDS so quickly, but it would be overstating it to say HIV has lost its potency -- it's still a virus you wouldn't want to have.

  3. Luke Bronin:

    This drug is enormously powerful, it is poisonous, and it is showing up more and more often, not just here but in communities across the state and in communities across the country in higher concentrations, with higher potency, and that means with higher toxicity and danger. And as a community, our first focus now is on supporting the school community.

  4. Ian Roberts:

    Giving drugs to contract the uterus after childbirth is considered the cornerstone of efforts to prevent post - partum haemorrhage, oxytocin is the drug currently recommended but it is heat sensitive and loses potency in hot climates -- the sorts of places where many mothers die.

  5. Stephen Covey:

    Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.

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