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Adjective: potential  pu'ten-shul
  1. Existing in possibility
    "a potential problem";
    - possible
     
  2. Expected to become or be; in prospect
    "potential clients";
    - likely
Noun: potential  pu'ten-shul
  1. The inherent capacity for coming into being
    - potentiality, potency
     
  2. Energy of electrical charge measured by its power to do work; usually measured in volts
    - electric potential, potential difference, potential drop, voltage
     
  3. (physics) a scalar function of position determining the amount of work required to move something against a force to infinity
    "the gradient of the gravitational potential determines the local gravitational force"

Derived forms: potentials

See also: latent, prospective

Type of: electrical phenomenon, possibility, possibleness

Antonym: actual

Encyclopedia: Potential