1. Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious; as, a potent medicine. "Harsh and potent injuries." "Moses once more his potent rod extends." (Milton)
2. Having great authority, control, or dominion; puissant; mighty; influential; as, a potent prince. "A potent dukedom." "Most potent, grave, and reverend signiors." (Shak)
3. Powerful, in an intellectual or moral sense; having great influence; as, potent interest; a potent argument. Cross potent.
Synonyms: Powerful, mighty, puissant, strong, able, efficient, forcible, efficacious, cogent, influential.
Origin: L. Potens, -entis, p. Pr. Of posse to be able, to have power, fr. Potis able, capable (akin to Skr. Pati master, lord) + esse to be. See Host a landlord, Am, and cf. Despot, Podesta, Possible, Power, Puissant.
(01 Mar 1998)