Potential Po*ten"tial, a. [Cf. F. potentiel. See {Potency}.] 1. Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. [Obs.] ``And hath in his effect a voice potential.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Existing in possibility, not in actuality. ``A potential hero.'' --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

Potential existence means merely that the thing may be at ome time; actual existence, that it now is. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

{Potential cautery}. See under {Cautery}.

{Potential energy}. (Mech.) See the Note under {Energy}.

{Potential mood}, or {Potential mode} (Gram.), that form of the verb which is used to express possibility, liberty, power, will, obligation, or necessity, by the use of may, can, must, might, could, would, or should; as, I may go; he can write. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • potential — [pō ten′shəl, pəten′shəl] adj. [ME potenciall < ML potentialis < L potentia: see POTENT] 1. that has power; potent 2. that can, but has not yet, come into being; possible; latent; unrealized; undeveloped 3. Gram. expressing possibility,… …   English World dictionary

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  • potential — late 14c., possible (as opposed to actual), from L.L. potentialis potential, from L. potentia power (see POTENT (Cf. potent)). The noun, meaning that which is possible, is first attested 1817, from the adj …   Etymology dictionary

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