Meaning of POTENTIAL in English

(1) (Hydrology and Hydraulics) Any of several scalar variables, each involving energy as a function of position or condition; of relevance here is the fluid potential of ground water. (2) (Water Quality) A water quality issue or problem identified by a river authority as being a potential problem, or a problem without current supporting data.

Environmental engineering English vocabulary.      Английский словарь экологического инжиниринга.