• WordNet 3.6
    • n potency capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects "the toxin's potency","the strength of the drinks"
    • n potency the power or right to give orders or make decisions "he has the authority to issue warrants","deputies are given authorization to make arrests","a place of potency in the state"
    • n potency the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse
    • n potency the inherent capacity for coming into being
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Potency The quality or state of being potent; physical or moral power; inherent strength; energy; ability to effect a purpose; capability; efficacy; influence. "Drugs of potency .""A place of potency and away o' the state."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n potency The quality of being potent; power; inherent strength. Physical, mental, or moral power or influence.
    • n potency Potentiality; capability of development.
    • n potency Efficacy; capability of producing given results: as, the potency of a medicine.
    • n potency Specifically, in homeopathy, the power of a drug as induced by attenuation. Two scales of dilution or attenuation are employed, known as the centesimal and the decimal, the former being the one advocated by Hahnemann, and the latter of more recent introduction. In the decimal scale, one drop of the mother tincture is added to nine of the diluent, which is usually alcohol, with certain manipulations, and from this first decimal solution or potency one drop is taken, to form, with nine others of the diluent, the second decimal solution. This process is repeated till the required solution or potency is reached. Drugs of high potency are those of which the dilution has been frequently repeated, and the medicinal substance correspondingly attenuated; drugs of low potency, on the other hand, are those in a less diluted, more concentrated condition. The thirtieth (centesimal) potency was the highest recommended by Hahnemann.
    • n potency Power dependent on external circumstances; material strength or force; authority.
    • n potency Influence; power; sovereignty.
    • n potency Same as potence, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Potency power: authority: influence
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  • D. H. Lawrence
    “The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action, in man.”
  • Ralph Ellison
    Ralph Ellison
    “If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. potentia, from potens, -entis, potent. See Potent, and cf. Potance Potence Puissance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. potenspotis, able, esse, to be.


In literature:

It fell somewhere between the two, as an unclassifiable phenomenon of undoubted potency.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Were there not in the human brain a potency antecedent to all experience, a dog or a cat ought to be as capable of education as man.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The tales just quoted are examples of the potency of a symbol.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
Also the hour and the place lent their potency to her smile.
"Tutors' Lane" by Wilmarth Lewis
Distrusting novel theories, he sought to utilize forces of tried potency.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
So certain was the Wizard of the potency of his wand, that he smiled grimly and confidently when he saw none appear.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
The very name of Palestine would attract our people with a force of marvellous potency.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
Face to face with her enemy, she recalled the potency of her witch-gaze.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
But the voice which led these same men to victory at Moskowa has lost its potency and its magic.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
In such a case we have at once to resort to a very high potency of Sulphur.
"Apis Mellifica" by C. W. Wolf

In poetry:

There is no right a freeman has
So purely sacred as his choice.
How e'er bereft he'll cling to this,
And in its potency rejoice:
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
There's not a soothing anodyne
Or sedative I know,
Such potency can ever hold
As that which lovingly controlled
My spirit long ago.
"My Mother's Hand" by Hattie Howard
Hail Flag of our country, when thrown to the breeze
Thy power is acknowledged, far over the seas.
Thy influence so boundless, that none may deny,
Thy potency reaches all lands, 'neath the sky.
"Stars And Stripes" by Mary Weston Fordham
But my young limbs are strong,
My throat thirsts for a song!
The meanings and the potencies of youth
Are gathering in my reins
And throbbing in my veins;
I pant and pine for deep clean springs of Truth!
"Full-Fledged (Une barbe de jeune dieu)" by Maurice Thompson
The Paroo may be quickly crossed - the Eulo Common's bare;
And, anyhow, it isn't wise, old man! to dally there.
Alack-a-day! far wiser men than you and I succumb
To woman's wiles, and potency of Queensland wayside rum.
"West" by Harry Breaker Morant
Since the Goths' invading tide
Wrecked Rome's potency and pride,
Something wonderful has vanished, something exquisite has died;
And in spite of modern fame
And the lustre of its name,
Even beautiful Lake Como can be never quite the same.
"At Lenno" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

As with a tea bag, he doesn't want to lose potency by using a barrel more than once or twice.
On the sequel to her 2003 debut effort, The Soul Sessions, the British belter whips up a batch of 15 more covers showcasing the powder-keg potency of her pipes.
Potency at Issue in Four Lots of Prefilled Syringes.
BOE Halts UK Stimulus After Officials Question QE Potency .
BOE Confronts QE Potency as It Mulls Halting UK Stimulus.
Pitt's defense lost its potency .
2-rated team in the state's wide-ranging potency against Central.
Potency of political ads fleeting at best.
Assessing potency ensures that the test system receives the appropriate amount of active ingredient based on predetermined specifications.
Braun's production shows potency of lineup.
Potency of Industry Patents Key to US Google-Apple Case.
Boost Your Opportunities of Having Expecting with Clear Blue Potency Starter Package.
Clear Blue is a popular term in the world of potency monitors.
Inhibrx Taps ProBioGen to Boost ADCC Potency of Antibody Candidates.
Krisiun Premiere New Song, "The Will To Potency ".

In science:

We will consider a pre-order on types which takes into account the idem-potence, commutativity and associativity of the intersection type constructor, and defines ⊤ to be the maximal element.
Sound and Complete Typing for lambda-mu
It is only after two years of struggle to arrive at the correct field equations with no avail that he was led to reconsider general covariance, despite the hole argument, and realized the full significance and potency of the principle it enjoys today.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
For instance, the potency of general covariance is strikingly manifest in the following circumstance: if Aµ is a vector field on a general relativistic manifold M, then, unlike the situation in electromagnetism discussed above, the value Aµ (x) at a particular point x ∈ M has no invariant physical meaning.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
SOC state have maximum complexity and latent computing potency.
The effect of synchronized area on SOC behavior in a kind of Neural Network Model
Not hearing back from me, he put the remarkable expression (albeit with some typos that obscured its potency) into Ref. .
Using the Wigner-Ibach Surmise to Analyze Terrace-Width Distributions: History, User's Guide, and Advances