from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state of being potential.
- n. Inherent capacity for growth, development, or coming into existence.
- n. Something possessing such capacity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being, or having potential.
- n. An inherent capacity for growth or development.
- n. An aptitude amenable to development; capability.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being potential; possibility, not actuality; inherent capability or disposition, not actually exhibited.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being potential; mere being without actualization; the state of being capable of development into actuality: as, to exist in potentiality: opposed to entelechy.
- n. A potential state, quality, or relation; the inherent capability of developing some actual state or quality; possibility of development in some particular direction; capability; possibility.
- n. A potential being; a being, or capacity for existence, not yet actualized, but which may be developed into actuality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an aptitude that may be developed
- n. the inherent capacity for coming into being
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