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English word potential comes from Latin potis (Able, capable, possible.), Latin -ius, Latin sum ((copulative) I am, exist, have (with dative).).

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Potential detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
potis Latin (lat) Able, capable, possible.
-ius Latin (lat) Genitive suffix for some irregular pronouns. Forming adjectives from nouns.
sum Latin (lat) (copulative) I am, exist, have (with dative).
possum Latin (lat) I am able, can.
potentia Latin (lat) Ability, capacity. Force, power, might. Political power, authority, influence, sway.
potentialis Late Latin (LL)
potential English (eng) (archaic) Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result. (grammar) Referring to a verbal construction of form stating something is possible or probable.. (physics) A potential field is an irrotational (static) field.. (physics) A potential flow is an irrotational flow.. Existing in possibility, not in actuality. (grammar) A verbal construction or form stating something is possible [...]

Words with the same origin as potential

Descendants of potis
firepower horsepower impossible impotent manpower poison poisonous possess possession possibility possible potent potion power powerful powering powerless willpower
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 sum
absence absent entity essence essential improve improvement improving presence present presentation represent representation sense senseless sensor