July 15, 2019
potent (adjective)
\POH-tunt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : having or wielding force, authority, or influence : powerful2 : rich in a particular quality : strong
How do you use it?
Maggie's cousins offered potent arguments for why swimming was the best way to spend the afternoon, but Maggie was determined to go for a bike ride.
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"Potent" has another meaning we haven't told you about yet. Which of the following do you think it is?

With any luck, what we're telling you about "potent" will be a potent vocabulary lesson. The "very effective" meaning of "potent" is the one you're most likely to come across; it's often used to describe medicines or treatments. "Potent" comes from the Latin word "potis" (also written as "pote"), which means "able." Other "potis" words include "possible," as in "it's possible to expand your vocabulary," and "possess," as in "you possess the key to learning."
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