- Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious; as, a potent medicine."Harsh and potentinjuries." [Shak.]"Moses once more his potent rod extends." [Milton.]
- Having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential; as, a potent prince."A potentdukedom." [Shak.]"Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors." [Shak.]
- Powerful, in an intellectual or moral sense; having great influence; as, potent interest; a potent argument.
synonyms: Powerful; mighty; puissant; strong; able; efficient; forcible; efficacious; cogent; influential.
Etymology: L. potens -entis, p. pr. of posse to be able, to have power, fr. potis able, capable (akin to Skr. pati master, lord) + esse to be. See Host a landlord, Am, and cf. Despot Podesta Possible Power Puissant