potestas etymology

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

Detailed word origin of potestas

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.
posse Latin (lat) (post-Classical) force, body of men. (scholastic Latin) potentiality, capability of being. Power, ability "to be able (to)".
potestas Latin (lat) (of a word) meaning. Authority, jurisdiction. Dominion, political power. Mastery, control. Possibility, opportunity. Power, ability. Right, legal power.

Words with the same origin as potestas

Descendants of sum
posse praesens
Descendants of -ius
eloquentia iudicium officio officium prudentia regia regio sapientia
Descendants of *pótis
hospes possessio possidere possum