CET6+ TEM8 IELTS TOEFL
- potent:  Latin posse (source of English posse and possible) meant ‘be able or powerful’. It was a conflation of an earlier verbal phrase potis esse ‘be able’. The precursor of posse was Old Latin *potēre, whose present participle potēns survived to become the present participle of posse. And its stem form potent- has given English potent, potentate , and potential . Power also comes from *potēre.
=> posse, possible, potentate, potential, power
- potent (adj.)
- early 15c., from Latin potentem (nominative potens) "powerful," present participle of *potere "be powerful," from potis "powerful, able, capable; possible;" of persons, "better, preferable; chief, principal; strongest, foremost," from PIE root *poti- "powerful, lord" (cognates: Sanskrit patih "master, husband," Greek posis, Lithuanian patis "husband"). Meaning "having sexual power" is first recorded 1899.
- 1. Alcohol is a potent drug that anaesthetizes the brain.
- 2. Their most potent weapon was the Exocet missile.
- 3. a very potent alcoholic brew
- 4. The medicine had a potent effect on your disease.
- 5. The medicine is potent enough to produce the desired effect.
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