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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: capable of coming into existence; possible; latent.
They viewed the neighboring country's build up of weapons as a potential threat.
 
synonyms:
latent, possible
antonyms:
actual
similar words:
dormant, likely, probable, prospective, quiescent
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: possibility or promise.
Tempers flared, and it was clear that there was potential for violence to break out.Other companies weren't interested, but this one believed the idea had potential.
synonyms:
promise
similar words:
capability, likelihood, possibility, power, prospect
definition 2: a certain skill or ability that may become developed.
The coach could see that this inexperienced athlete had great potential as a ball player.
synonyms:
aptitude, capability, capacity, promise
similar words:
ability, faculty, gift, talent
definition 3: in an electrical circuit, the difference between the charge at one point and that at another point, which difference results in a flow of current.
synonyms:
charge
similar words:
tension
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