Definition of potential adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pəˈtenʃl//
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈtenʃl//
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 [only before noun] that can develop into something or be developed in the future synonym possible potential customers a potential source of conflict the potential benefits of European integration a potential prime minister First we need to identify actual and potential problems. Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin potentialis, from potentia ‘power’, from potent- ‘being able’, from the verb posse. The noun dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples What are the potential benefits of these proposals? a potential advantage/​benefit/​improvement/​saving a potential audience/​buyer/​client/​consumer/​customer a potential complication/​danger/​disaster/​drawback/​embarrassment/​hazard/​pitfall/​risk/​threat
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