ETYM Latin potens, -entis, p. pr. of posse to be able, to have power, from potis able, capable (akin to Skr. pati master, lord) + esse to be. Related to Host a landlord, Am, Despot, Podesta, Possible, Power, Puissant.
1. Having or wielding force or authority; SYN. strong.
2. Having a strong physiological or chemical effect; SYN. strong.
3. (Of a male) Able to copulate; SYN. virile.