Potential



[puh-ten-shuh l] /pəˈtɛn ʃəl/

adjective
1.
possible, as opposed to actual:
the potential uses of nuclear energy.
2.
capable of being or becoming:
a potential danger to safety.
3.
Grammar. expressing possibility:
the potential subjunctive in Latin; the potential use of can in I can go.
4.
Archaic. 1 .
noun
5.
possibility; potentiality:
an investment that has little growth potential.
6.
a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed.
7.
Grammar.

8.
Electricity. (def 1).
9.
Mathematics, 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.
/pəˈtɛnʃəl/
adjective
1.

2.
(grammar) (of a verb or form of a verb) expressing possibility, as English may and might
3.
an archaic word for potent1
noun
4.
latent but unrealized ability or capacity: Jones has great potential as a sales manager
5.
(grammar) a potential verb or verb form
6.
short for electric potential
adj.

late 14c., “possible” (as opposed to actual), from Old French potenciel and directly from Late Latin potentialis “potential,” from Latin potentia “power, might, force;” figuratively “political power, authority, influence,” from potens “powerful” (see potent). The noun, meaning “that which is possible,” is first attested 1817, from the adjective.

potential po·ten·tial (pə-těn’shəl)
adj.
Capable of being but not yet in existence; latent. n.

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