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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Late Latin
Origin: potentialis, from Latin potentia 'power', from potere; POTENT

potential

1 adjective
     
po‧ten‧tial1 S3 W2 [only before noun]
likely to develop into a particular type of person or thing in the future [= possible]
potential customer/buyer/client
new ways of attracting potential customers
potential benefit/problem
the potential benefits of the new system
potential danger/threat/risk
the potential risks to health associated with the drug

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