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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


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

Antonymsimpotence, impotency

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