American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being potent.
- n. Inherent capacity for growth and development; potentiality.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being potent; power; inherent strength. Physical, mental, or moral power or influence.
- n. Potentiality; capability of development.
- n. Efficacy; capability of producing given results: as, the potency of a medicine.
- n. Specifically, in homeopathy, the power of a drug as induced by attenuation. Two scales of dilution or attenuation are employed, known as the centesimal and the decimal, the former being the one advocated by Hahnemann, and the latter of more recent introduction. In the decimal scale, one drop of the mother tincture is added to nine of the diluent, which is usually alcohol, with certain manipulations, and from this first decimal solution or potency one drop is taken, to form, with nine others of the diluent, the second decimal solution. This process is repeated till the required solution or potency is reached. Drugs of high potency are those of which the dilution has been frequently repeated, and the medicinal substance correspondingly attenuated; drugs of low potency, on the other hand, are those in a less diluted, more concentrated condition. The thirtieth (centesimal) potency was the highest recommended by Hahnemann.
- n. Power dependent on external circumstances; material strength or force; authority.
- n. Influence; power; sovereignty.
- n. Same as potence, 2.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being potent; physical or moral power; inherent strength; energy; ability to effect a purpose; capability; efficacy; influence.
- n. capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects
- n. the inherent capacity for coming into being
- n. the power or right to give orders or make decisions
- n. the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
- From Latin potentia. (Wiktionary)
“One of the drivers of increasing cannabis potency is the fact that our draconian drug laws make it desirable to carry or possess less product.”
“Over-the-counter steroid creams, such as hydrocortisone, are low in potency and may not be effective in moderate to severe cases.”
“What Barthes saw when he looked at his magazine image, was what he called the potency of myth in modern society, the way we are quick to overlook the evidence of our eyes to fixate on some more distant, idealized, cultural meaning.”
“I've lost several dear friends to drug overdoses and none of them were suicidal: they died because street dope varies wildly in potency and the heroin they took was purer than they'd anticipated.”
“The magnetic cure also functions as a key to reading the 1813 text, through a kind of slumber in which the outer, analytic potency is stilled so as to release the visionary forces within.”
“Spells fell dramatically in potency and power; people who should have died screaming and bursting into flames lingered on in empty paralysis for months and sometimes didn't die at all but reached full recovery.”
“Its potency is deliberate: faith is about calling on a higher power, one stronger than ourselves, and the very language we use helps inflate that strength.”
“Without Allen and his 26.4 points, Seattle's offense had little potency from the perimeter.”
“So I don't think that image necessarily will have the long-term potency as, for instance, the one that you mentioned from the Vietnam War.”
“When they interviewed persons who claimed they had been homosexuals but were now functioning heterosexually, they found that all these men were simply suppressing homosexual behavior ... and that they used homosexual fantasies to maintain potency when they attempted intercourse.”
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