Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Powerfully; potently; efficaciously.
  • In a potential manner or state; in an undeveloped or unrealized manner or state; possibly; latently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete With power; potently.
  • adverb In a potential manner; possibly, not positively.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a manner showing much potential; with the possibility of happening in a given way.
  • adverb obsolete Powerfully, strongly.

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

  • adverb with a possibility of becoming actual

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From potential +‎ -ly.

Examples

  • Based on the overall findings from its three-phase research project, the Foundation learned that consumers generally have a positive perception of the food label, but also found that there are several ways the label potentially could be enhanced to help people understand the information provided and use it even more effectively:

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Based on the overall findings from its three-phase research project, the Foundation learned that consumers generally have a positive perception of the food label, but also found that there are several ways the label potentially could be enhanced to help people understand the information provided and use it even more effectively:

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • President Obama pledged U.S. assistance following what he called a potentially "catastrophic" disaster.

    Tremors jolt tsunami-devastated Japan

  • At an investor conference last month, Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan indicated that each additional percentage point of required capital would remove the support for $220 billion in assets at his bank, which he described as potentially "unintended consequences of the tougher rules."

    Bank M&A Goes MIA in 2011

  • At an investor conference last month, Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan indicated that each additional percentage point of required capital would remove the support for $220 billion in assets at his bank, which he described as potentially "unintended consequences of the tougher rules."

    Bank M&A Goes MIA in 2011

  • U.S. President Barack Obama pledged assistance for what he called a potentially catastrophic disaster in Japan.

    World Leaders Offer Sympathy, Assistance to Quake-Ravaged Japan

  • U.S. President Barack Obama pledged assistance for what he called a potentially catastrophic disaster in Japan.

    World Leaders Offer Sympathy, Assistance to Quake-Ravaged Japan

  • Authorities defused a primitive bomb inside a vacant pizzeria Monday, foiling what they described as a potentially deadly plot that might have stemmed from a landlord-tenant dispute.

    Jersey City Bomb Plot: Bomb Found In PIzzeria In 3-Story Building

  • JERSEY CITY, N.J. mdash; Authorities defused a primitive bomb inside a vacant pizzeria Monday, foiling what they described as a potentially deadly plot that might ...

    Jersey City Bomb Plot: Bomb Found In PIzzeria In 3-Story Building

  • BROWN: President Obama made clear this afternoon the system failed in what he called a potentially disastrous way, leading up to the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day.

    CNN Transcript Jan 5, 2010

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