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English noun: potency

1. potency (attribute) the power or right to give orders or make decisions


SamplesHe has the authority to issue warrants.
Deputies are given authorization to make arrests.
A place of potency in the state.


Synonymsauthorisation, authority, authorization, dominance, say-so


Broader (hypernym)control


Narrower (hyponym)carte blanche, command, imperium, lordship, muscle, power of appointment, sovereignty

2. potency (attribute) capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects


SamplesThe toxin's potency.
The strength of the drinks.


Synonymseffectiveness, strength


Broader (hypernym)power, powerfulness


Attributeimpotent, potent, stiff, strong

3. potency (state) the inherent capacity for coming into being


Synonymspotential, potentiality


Broader (hypernym)possibility, possibleness


Narrower (hyponym)chance, latency, prospect


Attributepossible, potential

4. potency (state) the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse


Synonymspotence


Broader (hypernym)physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state


Antonymsimpotence, impotency









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