potent etymology

English word potent comes from Latin sum ((copulative) I am, exist, have (with dative).), Latin -ius, Proto-Indo-European *pótis (Husband. Master, ruler.)

Detailed word origin of potent

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
sum Latin (lat) (copulative) I am, exist, have (with dative).
-ius Latin (lat) Genitive suffix for some irregular pronouns. Forming adjectives from nouns.
*pótis Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Husband. Master, ruler.
*potis Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
potis Latin (lat) Able, capable, possible.
possum Latin (lat) I am able, can.
potent English (eng) (of a male) Able to procreate.. Being effective, causing body effects.. Having a sharp or offensive taste.. Possessing strength.. Very powerful or effective. (obsolete) A prince; a potentate.. (obsolete) A staff or crutch.. (tincture) A heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white T shapes.

Words with the same origin as potent

Descendants of sum
absence absent entity essence essential impossible impotent improve improvement improving manpower possibility possible potential power powerful powerless presence present presentation represent representation sense senseless sensor
Descendants of -ius
battery college conscience council custody desire evidence force office officer official provide quality review robbery television territory trace union unit vice video view vision visit
Descendants of *pótis
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