Potent meaning

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(of a male) Able to procreate.
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Having great control or authority.
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Convincing; cogent.

A potent argument.

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Effective or powerful in action, as a drug or drink.
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Able to have an erection and hence to engage in sexual intercourse.
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Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects.
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Able to achieve and maintain an erection that allows for sexual intercourse. Used of a male.
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Possessing strength.

A potent argument.

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Being effective in small quantities.

A potent medicine.

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Having a sharp or offensive taste.
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(heraldry) A heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white T shapes.
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The definition of potent is something or someone with great power, authority or effect.

An example of something that would be described as potent is a powerful weapon that can defeat the enemy.

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Possessing inner or physical strength; powerful.
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Able to achieve and maintain an erection that allows for sexual intercourse. Used of a male.
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Having authority or power; mighty; influential.

A potent monarch.

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Origin of potent

  • Middle English from Latin potēns potent- present participle of posse to be able poti- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin potens (“powerful, strong, potent"), present participle of posse (“to be able"), from potis (“able, powerful, originally a lord, master").
    From Wiktionary