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

  • n. The quality or condition of being potent.
  • n. Inherent capacity for growth and development; potentiality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Strength
  • n. Power
  • n. The ability or capacity to perform something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being potent; physical or moral power; inherent strength; energy; ability to effect a purpose; capability; efficacy; influence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being potent; power; inherent strength.
  • 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

From Latin potentia. (Wiktionary)

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