1. the power or right to give orders or make decisions (Freq. 2)

he has the authority to issue warrants


deputies are given authorization to make arrests


a place of potency in the state

Derivationally related forms: ↑dominate (for: ↑dominance), ↑potent
Hypernyms: ↑control
2. capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects (Freq. 1)

the toxin's potency


the strength of the drinks

Syn: ↑effectiveness, ↑strength
Derivationally related forms: ↑potent
Hypernyms: ↑power, ↑powerfulness
Attrubites: ↑potent, ↑strong, ↑stiff, ↑impotent
3. the inherent capacity for coming into being
Syn: ↑potential, ↑potentiality
Derivationally related forms: ↑potential, ↑potential (for: ↑potentiality)
Hypernyms: ↑possibility, ↑possibleness
Hyponyms: ↑latency, ↑prospect, ↑chance
Attrubites: ↑potential, ↑possible
4. the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
Syn: ↑potence
Ant: ↑impotence (for: ↑potence), ↑impotency
Derivationally related forms: ↑potent

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