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



    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊtnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊtnt//
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  1. 1having a strong effect on your body or mind a potent drug a very potent alcoholic brew a potent argument The vodka must have been pretty potent stuff.
  2. 2powerful a potent force see also impotent
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin potent- ‘being powerful, being able’, from the verb posse.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: potent