I. adjective Etymology: Middle English potencial, from Late Latin potentialis, from potentia potentiality, from Latin, power, from potent-, potens Date: 14th century 1. existing in possibility ; capable of development into actuality <
potential benefits
2. expressing possibility; specifically of, relating to, or constituting a verb phrase expressing possibility, liberty, or power by the use of an auxiliary with the infinitive of the verb (as in “it may rain”) Synonyms: see latentpotentially adverb II. noun Date: 1817 1. a. something that can develop or become actual <
a potential for violence
b. promise 2 2. a. any of various functions from which the intensity or the velocity at any point in a field may be readily calculated b. the work required to move a unit positive charge from a reference point (as at infinity) to a point in question c. potential difference

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