Meaning of POTENTIAL in English

I. adjective


existing in possibility

a potential site for the new factory

Synonyms: possible

Related Word: conceivable, imaginable, likely, plausible, probable, thinkable

Idioms: within the realm ( or range) of possibility

Contrasted words: existent, extant; doubtful, impossible, questionable; impracticable, unsuitable

Antonyms: actual


Synonyms: latent , abeyant, dormant, lurking, prepatent, quiescent

II. noun

something that can develop or become actual

industrial potential

Synonyms: possibilities, potentiality

Antonyms: actuality, reality

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