The definition of potential is having the power or being capable of happening.(adjective)
An example of potential is dinner plans that are not yet definite.
Potential is defined as the possibility of becoming something.(noun)
An example of potential is the highest grades of which a particular student is capable.
See potential in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME potenciall < ML potentialis < L potentia: see potent
See potential in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English potencial
Origin: , from Old French potenciel
Origin: , from Late Latin potentiālis, powerful
Origin: , from Latin potentia, power
Origin: , from potēns, potent-
Origin: , present participle of posse, to be able; see potent.
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