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potential

po·ten·tial

potential

 
pronunciation:
p ten shl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: able to come into being; possible.
That broken stair is a potential danger.
 
synonyms:
possible
antonyms:
actual
similar words:
dormant, likely, probable
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a certain skill that may be developed.
He has the potential to be a great dancer.
synonyms:
aptitude, capacity, promise
similar words:
ability, faculty, gift, talent
Word Parts
The word potential contains the following parts:
poss, poten Latin root that means able; power
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.