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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Po"tent
  1. Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious; as, a potent medicine."Harsh and potentinjuries." [Shak.]"Moses once more his potent rod extends." [Milton.]
  2. Having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential; as, a potent prince."A potentdukedom." [Shak.]"Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors." [Shak.]
  3. 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

noun Po"tent
  1. A prince; a potentate.(Obs)
  2. Etymology: See Potence

    A staff or crutch.(Obs)
  3. [Her] One of the furs; a surface composed of patches which are supposed to represent crutch heads; they are always alternately argent and azure, unless otherwise specially mentioned.
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  1. Having a strong physiological or chemical effect ("a potent toxin", "potent liquor", and "a potent cup of tea")
  2. (of a male) capable of copulation
  3. Having or wielding force or authority ("providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons")
  4. Having great influence

Borrowing from Latin potens, potentem (“powerful, strong, potent”), present participle of posse (“to be able”), from potis (“able, powerful, originally a lord, master”).

  1. (heraldry) A heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white T shapes.
  2. (obsolete) A prince; a potentate.
  3. (obsolete) A staff or crutch.

potent was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Latin, Romanian, and Swedish

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Past life for Potent born Jan 24, 1945

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Wales approximately on 975. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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