Meaning of POTENTIAL in English


Pronunciation: p ə - ' ten(t)-sh ə l

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English potencial, from Late Latin potentialis, from potentia potentiality, from Latin, power, from potent-, potens

Date: 14th century

1 : existing in possibility : capable of development into actuality < potential benefits>

2 : expressing possibility specifically : of, relating to, or constituting a verb phrase expressing possibility, liberty, or power by the use of an auxiliary with the infinitive of the verb (as in “ it may rain ” )

synonyms see LATENT

– po · ten · tial · ly \ - ' ten(t)-sh( ə -)l ē \ adverb

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