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potent

po·tent

potent

 
 
pronunciation:
po tnt
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having strength; powerful.
The emperor was a potent leader who was able to bring about vast changes.
synonyms:
powerful, puissant, strong
antonyms:
impotent
similar words:
forceful, intense, invincible, mighty, vigorous
definition 2: producing strong effects, as a drug.
Because the new drug was more potent, the doctor cautioned the patient to avoid overdosing.
synonyms:
intense, overwhelming, powerful
similar words:
active, concentrated, effective, efficacious, forceful, formidable, stiff, telling
definition 3: persuasive or influential.
The editorial put forth a potent argument in favor of reform.
synonyms:
forcible, powerful, strong
similar words:
convincing, effectual, forceful, influential, overpowering, persuasive, weighty
definition 4: of a male, able to have an erection of the penis.
The herb was thought to make a man more potent.
synonyms:
virile
antonyms:
impotent
similar words:
fecund, vigorous
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derivation: potently (adv.)
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