Meaning of POTENTIAL in English


/peuh ten"sheuhl/ , adj.

1. possible, as opposed to actual: the potential uses of nuclear energy.

2. capable of being or becoming: a potential danger to safety.

3. Gram. expressing possibility: the potential subjunctive in Latin; the potential use of can in I can go.

4. Archaic. potent 1 .


5. possibility; potentiality: an investment that has little growth potential.

6. a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed.

7. Gram.

a. a potential aspect, mood, construction, case, etc.

b. a form in the potential.

8. Elect. See electric potential (def. 1).

9. Math. , Physics. a type of function from which the intensity of a field may be derived, usually by differentiation.

10. someone or something that is considered a worthwhile possibility: The list of job applications has been narrowed to half a dozen potentials.

[ 1350-1400; ME potencial ( potentialis. See POTENCY, -AL 1 ]

Syn. 2. See latent. 5. capacity, potency.

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