An example of something that would be described as potent is a powerful weapon that can defeat the enemy.
- having authority or power; mighty; influential: a potent monarch
- convincing; cogent: a potent argument
- effective or powerful in action, as a drug or drink
- able to have an erection and hence to engage in sexual intercourse
Origin of potentClassical Latin potens (gen. potentis), present participle of posse, to be able ; from potis, able (; from Indo-European base an unverified form potis, master, husband from source Sanskrit p?ti, master) + esse, to be: see essence
- Possessing inner or physical strength; powerful.
- a. Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects: potent liquor; a potent toxin.b. Exerting or capable of exerting strong influence; cogent: potent arguments.
- Having great control or authority: “The police were potent only so long as they were feared” (Thomas Burke).
- Able to achieve and maintain an erection that allows for sexual intercourse. Used of a male.
Origin of potentMiddle English, from Latin pot&emacron;ns, potent-, present participle of posse, to be able; see poti- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more potent, superlative most potent)