Po`ten´tial

a. | 1. | Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result; efficacious; influential. | |||||||||

2. | Existing in possibility, not in actuality. Potential existence means merely that the thing may be at ome time; actual existence, that it now is.
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n. | 1. | Anything that may be possible; a possibility; potentially. | |||||||||

2. | (Math.) In the theory of gravitation, or of other forces acting in space, a function of the rectangular coordinates which determine the position of a point, such that its differential coefficients with respect to the coördinates are equal to the components of the force at the point considered; - also called potential function, or force function. It is called also | ||||||||||

3. | (Elec.) The energy of an electrical charge measured by its power to do work; hence, the degree of electrification as referred to some standard, as that of the earth; electro-motive force. |

Noun | 1. | potential - the inherent capacity for coming into being |

2. | potential - the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts | |

Adj. | 1. | potential - existing in possibility; "a potential problem"; "possible uses of nuclear power"Synonyms: possible |

2. | potential - expected to become or be; in prospect; "potential clients"; "expected income" |

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