Origin of plenipotentiaryMedieval Latin plenipotentiarius from Late Latin plenipotens, possessing full power from Classical Latin plenus, full + potens, powerful
Origin of plenipotentiaryMedieval Latin plēnipotentiārius from Late Latin plēnipotēns plēnipotent- invested with full power Latin plēnus full ; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.Latin potēns powerful ; see potent .
- A person invested with full power, especially as the diplomatic agent of a sovereign state, (originally) charged with handling a certain matter
- 1985: Two of them are hanging up there on Golgotha, and that ought to be enough to show the authority of Rome's ah plenipotentiary. "” Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked
- Invested with full power.
- Of or relating to a plenipotentiary agent
First attested in 1645. From medieval Latin plenipotentiarius, from plenipotentia 'full powers', from plenipotens, from plÄ“nus (“full") + potentia (“power").