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Princeton's WordNet

  1. potentiallyadverb

    with a possibility of becoming actual

    "he is potentially dangerous"; "potentially useful"


  1. potentiallyadverb

    In a manner showing much potential; with the possibility of happening in a given way.

  2. potentiallyadverb

    Powerfully, strongly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Potentiallyadverb

    Etymology: from potential.

    This duration of human souls is only potentially infinite; for their eternity consists only in an endless capacity of continuance without ever ceasing to be in a boundless futurity, that can never be exhausted, or all of it be past or present; but their duration can never be positively and actually eternal, because it is most manifest, that no moment can ever be assigned, wherein it shall be true, that such a soul hath then actually sustained an infinite duration. Richard Bentley.

    They should tell us, whether only that be taken out of scripture which is actually and particularly there set down, or else that also which the general principles and rules of scripture potentially contain. Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    Blackness is produced upon the blade of a knife that has cut four apples, if the juice, though both actually and potentially cold, be not quickly wiped off. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Potentiallyadverb

    with power; potently

  2. Potentiallyadverb

    in a potential manner; possibly, not positively

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'potentially' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3895

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'potentially' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4261

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'potentially' in Adverbs Frequency: #269

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of potentially in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of potentially in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of potentially in a Sentence

  1. Andy Murray:

    That's the plan, but it's hypothetical just now. Providing everything goes well, I would play in the Davis Cup, then have a little break and play Toronto and the Olympics, and potentially not play in Cincinnati, i've always enjoyed representing my country. Statistically I've played by far my best tennis when I've played for Great Britain.

  2. Ron Wyden:

    This rule change could potentially allow federal investigators to use one warrant to access millions of computers, and it would treat the victims of the hack the same as the hacker himself.

  3. Virginia Roberts:

    Epstein required me to describe the sexual events that I had with these men, presumably so that he could potentially blackmail them, based on my knowledge of Epstein and his organization, as well as discussions with the FBI, it is my belief that federal prosecutors likely possess videotapes and photographic images of me as an underage girl having sex with Epstein and some of his powerful friends.

  4. Michael King:

    Part of it is calling into question the legitimacy of our elections, writ large, and a lot of partisan elected officials are using it to energize their base and potentially fundraise off of it.

  5. Ben Moores:

    Now they'll be able to strike all over Libya and potentially Yemen as well, and that will be crucial because both those places are turning into failed states where extremists can set up shop easily.

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