Definitions

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

  • adj. Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful. See Usage Note at infinite.
  • n. One having unlimited power or authority: the bureaucratic omnipotents.
  • n. God. Used with the.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having unlimited power, force or authority.
  • adj. Describing a cell (especially a stem cell) that is capable of developing into any type of cell or forming any type of tissue (also called a totipotent cell). See also pluripotent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Able in every respect and for every work; unlimited in ability; all-powerful; almighty.
  • adj. Having unlimited power of a particular kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Almighty; possessing infinite power; all-powerful: as, the Lord God omnipotent; hence, with the definite article, God. See omnipotence.
  • Of indefinite or great power; possessing power virtually absolute within a certain sphere of action; irresistible.
  • Having the power to do anything; hence (humorously), capable of anything; utter; arrant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having unlimited power

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin omnipotēns, omnipotent- : omni-, omni- + potēns, present participle of posse, to be able; see poti- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French omnipotent, from Latin omnipotēns ("almighty"), from omnis ("all") + potēns ("mighty, powerful"). (Wiktionary)

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    PHOEBE: Okay, okay. If I were omnipotent for a day, I would want, um, world peace, no more hunger, good things for the rain-forest...And bigger boobs!

    ROSS: Yeah, see.. you took mine. Chandler, what about you?

    CHANDLER: Uh, if I were omnipotent for a day, I'd.. make myself omnipotent forever.

    RACHEL: See, there's always one guy. "If I had a wish, I'd wish for three more wishes."

    ALL: Hey Joey. Hi. Hey, buddy.

    MONICA: Hey, Joey, what would you do if you were omnipotent?

    JOEY: Probably kill myself!

    MONICA: ..Excuse me?

    JOEY: Hey, if Little Joey's dead, then I got no reason to live!

    ROSS: Joey, uh- OMnipotent.

    JOEY: You are? Ross, I'm sorry..

    March 28, 2008