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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.


  1. potentially

    Potentially refers to the possibility of something happening or becoming a certain way, often implying that the right conditions or actions could make it a reality. It indicates that the subject has the inherent capacity, talent, strength, or qualities necessary for a specific outcome, but it is not guaranteed or realized yet.

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. Eduardo Rodriguez:

    Cameron Underwood has not lived with Cameron Underwood injury for a decade or longer like most other face transplant recipients have, as a result, he has not had to deal with many of the long-term psycho-social issues which often lead to issues like severe depression, substance abuse, and other potentially harmful behaviors.

  2. Dawn Laguens:

    Anti-abortion extremists are willing to do anything to stop women from accessing the reproductive health care they are seeking, extremists have broken laws, harassed our doctors and patients, produced hack videos, and now are claiming to have committed a gross invasion of privacy -- one that, if true, could potentially put our staff members at risk.

  3. Luca Guadagnino:

    The idea of four people in a house dealing with each other is potentially inept unless the absorbed force of their own desires is questioned by a clash with reality, pantelleria as a sort of border place is really demanding to be understood by these characters and is asking them to pose themselves these ethical questions.

  4. Bryant Walker:

    Once you talk about one state investigating, you could talk about 50 states potentially investigating, they're not putting their necks out.

  5. David Glass:

    It just seems to me that Britney Spears presentation to Los Angeles Superior Court did n’t do Britney Spears any favors, the words came out like bullets. Britney Spears shifted rapidly between thoughts and ideas. Britney Spears also admitted to being depressed and crying all the time. I ’m not Britney Spears psychologist, but these are things that potentially point to being in the middle of mental illness.

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