Antonyms for potent

Grammar : Adj
Spell : poht-nt
Phonetic Transcription : ˈpoʊt nt

Definition of potent

Origin :
  • early 15c., from Latin potentem (nominative potens) "powerful," present participle of *potere "be powerful," from potis "powerful, able, capable; possible;" of persons, "better, preferable; chief, principal; strongest, foremost," from PIE root *poti- "powerful, lord" (cf. Sanskrit patih "master, husband," Greek posis, Lithuanian patis "husband"). Meaning "having sexual power" is first recorded 1899.
  • adj effective, powerful, forceful
Example sentences :
  • None suspect that the potent santon is the traitor Jew; but I know it!
  • Extract from : « Leila, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Unless we see this we miss the most potent fact in the whole situation.
  • Extract from : « The Comrade In White » by W. H. Leathem
  • The dreaded name of Iroquois is potent, even across the centuries.
  • Extract from : « The Forest » by Stewart Edward White
  • Example is one of the most potent of instructors, though it teaches without a tongue.
  • Extract from : « Self-Help » by Samuel Smiles
  • Woman's tears are the most potent resolvent know to chemistry.
  • Extract from : « A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties » by Charles Major
  • It might be likened to the dregs of love, all that remained after the potent wine of it had been drained off.
  • Extract from : « Scaramouche » by Rafael Sabatini
  • Edith—Edith, the very name had a strange, potent fascination.
  • Extract from : « Tales From Two Hemispheres » by Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
  • Nietzsche was a potent force in the nineteenth century, but not understood.
  • Extract from : « Melomaniacs » by James Huneker
  • I had thought the British Parliament to be a great and potent institution.
  • Extract from : « War Letters of a Public-School Boy » by Paul Jones.
  • The Sunday-school is destined to be the most potent factor in the removal of this evil.
  • Extract from : « Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence » by Various

Synonyms for potent

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