Potent Po"tent, a. [L. potens, -entis, p. pr. of posse to be able, to have power, fr. potis able, capable (akin to Skr. pati master, lord) + esse to be. See {Host} a landlord, {Am}, and cf. {Despot}, {Podesta}, {Possible}, {Power}, {Puissant}.] 1. Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious; as, a potent medicine. ``Harsh and potent injuries.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Moses once more his potent rod extends. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential; as, a potent prince. ``A potent dukedom.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Powerful, in an intellectual or moral sense; having great influence; as, potent interest; a potent argument. [1913 Webster]

{Cross potent}. (Her.) See Illust. (7) of {Cross}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Powerful; mighty; puissant; strong; able; efficient; forcible; efficacious; cogent; influential. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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