adj existing in possibility, not in actuality.
2. potential ·noun anything that may be possible; a possibility; potentially.
3. potential ·adj being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential.
4. potential ·noun the energy of an electrical charge measured by its power to do work; hence, the degree of electrification as referred to some standard, as that of the earth; electro-motive force.
5. potential ·noun in the theory of gravitation, or of other forces acting in space, a function of the rectangular coordinates which determine the position of a point, such that its differential coefficients with respect to the coordinates are equal to the components of the force at the point considered;
also called potential function, or force function. it is called also newtonian potential when the force is directed to a fixed center and is inversely as the square of the distance from the center.