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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In potential but not in actuality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. in possibility, having a potential to exist, in potential but not in actuality, (contradistinguished by in esse)
  • adv. in possibility, having a potential to exist, in potential but not in actuality, (contradistinguished by in esse)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In possibility; possible, although not yet in existence or come to pass; -- contradistinguished from in esse.
  • n. See In posse in the Vocabulary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a potential state of being; not yet actually existing, but ready to come into existence when certain conditions are fulfilled.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin : Latin in, in + Latin posse, to be able.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From in meaning "in" + posse meaning "to be able" or "to can". (Wiktionary)

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  • In potential but not in actuality.
    Medieval Latin : Latin in, in + Latin posse, to be able.

    "At night, late, they gone, I did get him to put out of this account our sums that are in posse only yet, which he approved of when told, but would never have stayed it if I had been gone."

    Definition and quote from The Diary of Samuel Pepys:

    January 27, 2008