potency




Use the noun potency when you’re talking about the strength of something. You could refer to the potency of a drug or the potency of a political leader.

Potency is an official measurement in pharmacology, or the science of prescribing drugs. It’s also useful for describing a person’s power or authority over others. The Latin root word is potentia, or “power,” and its origin goes all the way back to the Sanskrit word for “master or husband,” patih. The word potency has historically been associated with men, but it’s fine to use it to describe a woman’s power too.

Definitions of potency
  1. noun

    the power or right to give orders or make decisions

    “a place of
    potency in the state”
    synonyms:
    authorisation, authority, authorization, dominance, say-so
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    power of appointment

    authority given (in a will or deed) by a donor to a donee to appoint the beneficiaries of the donor’s property
    carte blanche

    complete freedom or authority to act
    command

    the power or authority to command
    imperium

    supreme authority; absolute dominion
    lordship

    the authority of a lord
    muscle

    authority or power or force (especially when used in a coercive way)
    sovereignty

    the authority of a state to govern another state
    type of:

    control

    power to direct or determine

  2. noun

    capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects

    “the toxin’s
    potency
    synonyms:
    effectiveness, strength
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    power, powerfulness

    possession of controlling influence

  3. noun

    the state of being potent; a male’s capacity to have sexual intercourse

    synonyms:
    potence
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    Antonyms:

    impotence, impotency

    an inability (usually of the male animal) to copulate
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    physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state

    the condition or state of the body or bodily functions

  4. noun

    the inherent capacity for coming into being

    synonyms:
    potential, potentiality
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    types:

    latency

    the state of being not yet evident or active
    chance, prospect

    the possibility of future success
    type of:

    possibility, possibleness

    capability of existing or happening or being true

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