What does potent mean?

Definitions for potent
ˈpoʊt ntpo·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. potent, powerfuladjective

    having great influence

  2. potent, strongadjective

    having or wielding force or authority

    "providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons"

  3. potent, strong, stiffadjective

    having a strong physiological or chemical effect

    "a potent toxin"; "potent liquor"; "a potent cup of tea", "a stiff drink"

  4. potent, virileadjective

    (of a male) capable of copulation


  1. potentadjective

    Possessing strength

  2. potentadjective

    Being effective in small quantities.

  3. potentadjective

    Having a sharp or offensive taste.

  4. potentadjective

    able to procreate.

  5. potentadjective

    very powerful or effective.

  6. Etymology: From potens, present participle of posse, from potis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. POTENTadjective

    Etymology: potens, Latin.

    There is nothing more contagious than some kinds of harmony; than some nothing more strong and potent unto good. Richard Hooker.

    Why stand these royal fronts amazed thus?
    Cry havock, kings; back to the stained field,
    You equal potents, fiery kindled spirits! William Shakespeare.

    I do believe,
    Induc’d by potent circumstances, that
    You are mine enemy. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Here’s another
    More potent than the first. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    One would wonder how, from so differing premisses, they should infer the same conclusion, were it not that the conspiration of interest were too potent for the diversity of judgment. Decay of Piety.

    When by command
    Moses once more his potent rod extends
    Over the sea; the sea his rod obeys. John Milton.

    Verses are the potent charms we use,
    Heroick thoughts and virtue to infuse. Edmund Waller.

    The magistrate cannot urge obedience upon such potent grounds, as the minister can urge disobedience. South.

    How the effluvia of a magnet can be so rare and subtile, as to pass through a plate of glass without any resistance or diminution of their force, and yet so potent as to turn a magnetick needle through the glass. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    The chemical preparations are more vigorous and potent in their effects than the galenical. Thomas Baker.

    Cyclop, since human flesh has been thy feast,
    Now drain this goblet potent to digest. Alexander Pope.


  1. potent

    Potent refers to having great power, influence, or effect; it also can mean having a strong medicinal or chemical effect. It is typically used to signify strength or effectiveness in various contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Potentadjective

    producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious; as, a potent medicine

  2. Potentadjective

    having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential; as, a potent prince

  3. Potentadjective

    powerful, in an intellectual or moral sense; having great influence; as, potent interest; a potent argument

  4. Potentnoun

    a prince; a potentate

  5. Potentnoun

    a staff or crutch

  6. Potentnoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [See Potence.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Potent

    pō′tent, adj. strong: powerful in a physical or a moral sense: having great authority or influence.—n. a prince, potentate.—ns. Pō′tence, power: (her.): in horology, the stud or counterbridge forming a step for the lower pivot of a verge (also Pō′tance); Pō′tency, power: authority: influence; Pō′tentate, one who possesses power: a prince.—adj. Pōten′tial, powerful, efficacious: existing in possibility, not in reality: (gram.) expressing power, possibility, liberty, or obligation.—n. anything that may be possible: a possibility: the name for a function in the mathematical theory of attractions: the power of a charge or current of electricity to do work.—n. Pōtential′ity.—adv. Pōten′tially.—n. Pōten′tiary, a person invested with power or influence.—v.t. Pōten′tiate, to give power to.—n. Pō′tentite, a blasting substance.—adv. Pō′tently.—n. Pō′tentness.—Potential energy, the power of doing work possessed by a body in virtue of the stresses which result from its position relatively to other bodies. [L. potenspotis, able, esse, to be.]

Editors Contribution

  1. potentnoun

    The dialectal speech denoting your names of metallic elements in a region of the body as a biological structure unit of measurement equal to auxiliary verbs in official postal use. 1.) Having great power, influence, or effect. 2.) of a male that's able to achieve an erection or to reach an orgasm.

    A woman is a mans most potent existence in life.

    Etymology: Divined

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 29, 2024  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of potent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of potent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of potent in a Sentence

  1. Haley Coles:

    A deadly dose of Fentanyl is not very much at all, it's a couple of granules…and because it's showing up in drugs and people don't know it, because it's not regulated in any capacity, and because it's so strong and potent it is accidentally being mixed into drugs, or it's really easy to accidentally put too much in a drug.

  2. Don Keeney:

    A pretty potent storm should develop across central Plains by Monday. Then it really pushes into the Midwest Tuesday and Wednesday.

  3. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton:

    While Texans are compassionate to our core, and take in more refugees than any other state, significant security concerns have been raised about President Obama's plans to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this fiscal year, nationwide, the federal government's stated inability to run effective background checks on these refugees, entering the United States from one of the world's most potent hotbeds of terrorism, puts all Texans at risk.

  4. Theresa May:

    If the proposal were to go back to square one and negotiate a new deal, that would mean a much longer extension – almost certainly requiring the United Kingdom to participate in the European Parliament elections in May, the idea of the British people going to the polls to elect MEPs three years after voting to leave the EU hardly bears thinking about. There could be no more potent symbol of parliament's collective political failure.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    Late last year, multiple news organizations reported that mobile phones used by U.S. diplomats in Uganda had been compromised by NASA's Pegasus tool, it is my belief that we are very likely looking at the tip of the iceberg and that other U.S. government personnel have had their devices compromised, whether by a nation state using NSA services or tools offered by one of its lesser known but equally potent competitors.

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