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Definition of "potent" []

  • Possessing inner or physical strength; powerful. (adjective)
  • Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects: potent liquor; a potent toxin. (adjective)
  • Exerting or capable of exerting strong influence; cogent: potent arguments. (adjective)
  • Having great control or authority: "The police were potent only so long as they were feared” ( Thomas Burke). (adjective)
  • Able to perform sexual intercourse. Used of a male. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "potent" in a sentence
  • "But it's what we're used to, and still remain potent symbols in an age devoid of symbolism."
  • "Third receiver in potent passing game and a solid punt returner whose offseason work set an example for other young players."
  • ""Like its similarly underrated cousin, Birth, Joshua makes up in potent atmosphere and formal mastery what it lacks in narrative logic; unlike Birth, however, it's further enhanced by two superlative adult performances (courtesy Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga) that invest a ludicrous premise with conviction and behavioral nuance.""