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potency

po·ten·cy

potency

 
pronunciation:
po tn si
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Word Parts
part of speech: noun
inflections: potencies
definition 1: the condition of being potent; strength; effectiveness.
The potency of herbal medications can vary greatly.
antonyms:
impotence
similar words:
force, strength, vigor
definition 2: capacity for positive change or growth.
similar words:
vigor
definition 3: something or someone with power, strength, or effectiveness.
similar words:
force
Word Parts
The word potency contains the following parts:
poss, poten Latin root that means able; power
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.