potentiality

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n potentiality an aptitude that may be developed
    • n potentiality the inherent capacity for coming into being
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Albuquerque, New Mexico it is illegal for cab drivers to reach out and pull potential customers into their cabs.
    • n Potentiality The quality or state of being potential; possibility, not actuality; inherent capability or disposition, not actually exhibited.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Most people know what pH means, but few people know that it stands for pondus hydrogenii which means potential hydrogen and that each unit is a phidron.
    • n potentiality The state of being potential; mere being without actualization; the state of being capable of development into actuality: as, to exist in potentiality: opposed to entelechy.
    • n potentiality A potential state, quality, or relation; the inherent capability of developing some actual state or quality; possibility of development in some particular direction; capability; possibility.
    • n potentiality A potential being; a being, or capacity for existence, not yet actualized, but which may be developed into actuality.
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Quotations

  • Eddie Robinson
    Eddie Robinson
    “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.”
  • Roger Williams
    Roger Williams
    “The greatest crime in the world is not developing your potential. When you do what you do best, you are helping not only yourself, but the world.”
  • Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
    Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
    “Every man is a potential genius until he does something.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “Knowledge is only potential power.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “Man is as full of potential as he is of importance.”

Usage

In literature:

These potential firs were carried in many cases over a mile before they found lodgement.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
Antonyms: potential, nominal, hypothetical.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
Hitherto he had considered the whole institution as semi-hostile, at least as something in potential antagonism.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Man is a sinner, but he also has potential and actual goodness.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
In this battle he learned its potentialities.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
When a man is enacting the role of potential assassin he has not the right to choose his audience.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
His wit and great sense of humor softened many a potentially tense situation.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Banion had to mend a potential split before the first wheel had rolled westward up the Kaw.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
A most curious form of discharge is observed with such a coil when the frequency and potential are pushed to the extreme limit.
"Experiments with Alternate Currents of High Potential and High Frequency" by Nikola Tesla
He is realizing the latent and hitherto unsuspected potentialities of his nature.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
In view of this, the report possesses tremendous potentialities.
"The Story of The American Legion" by George Seay Wheat
It transforms potential powers into actual accomplishments.
"Certain Success" by Norval A. Hawkins
Are they not, in their deepest essence, potentialities and powers?
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Ireland under Home Rule must, in the event of war, be regarded as a potentially hostile country.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
Every customer is an asset; every prospective customer is a potential asset.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
Potentially, he was a murderer too.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
San Diego is of great importance to a potential enemy because it is a naval as well as an air base.
"Secret Armies" by John L. Spivak
He felt himself, for one moment, potentially a dog.
"The Mission Of Mr. Eustace Greyne" by Robert Hichens
War was always a possibility and the enemy was building up his potential.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
Their war potential isn't negligible.
"Adaptation" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
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In poetry:

Potential and Subjunctive then
Came forth with doubt and chance:
All fell alike, with all their men,
Before Sir Hornbook's lance.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
Behold potential plenty for us all!
Behold the pauper and the plutocrat!
Behold the signs prophetic of thy fall,
O Dynast of the Fat!
"The Red Winds Come!" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
When she, the mindless clay no more
In Lust's or Fear's potential hands,
Shall range her uncontested lands
Or sister world's befriending shore.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
For that pink of female gender
Tall and shapely was, and slender,
Plump of neck and bust and arms;
While the raiment that invested
Her so jealously suggested
Certain more potential charms.
"Lydia Dick" by Eugene Field
His Indicative some new aggression foreshews—
His Potential means plunder to friends and to foes—
His Subjunctive denotes turning Saints into Cash—
His Optative aims at these Islands a dash:
"The New French Grammar Analysed" by Thomas Stott
At dawn he stood, potential, opulent,
With virile manhood, and emotions keen,
And wonderful with God's creative fire.
At noon he stands, with Love's large fortune spent
In petty traffic, unproductive, mean—
A pauper, cursed with impotent desire.
"The Squanderer" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Every year, one million Americans undergo a potentially life-saving procedure to re-open clogged arteries.
Health experts worry terrorists could one day use the potentially deadly bacteria in attacks.
Health experts worry that terrorists could one day use the potentially deadly bacteria in an attack on the United States.
Venezuela's military: Potential arbiter and wild card in Venezuela's presidential election.
Make sure to also check the dimensions of the hallway, stairs and doors leading to the room so the entrance area is large enough for potential purchases.
No point in 'facing' potential risk.
James Holmes' assault rifle malfunctioned, potentially saving several lives, officials say.
These two studies from recent issues of Analytical Biochemistry investigate potential new ATP and bla assays .
This image depicts the region of view of the B612 Foundation's planned Sentinel Space Telescope to monitor potentially dangerous asteroids.
I've thought a lot about the potential for what you could do at a new university, if you could create new structures from scratch.
Work shows Atrazine 's potential harm.
Over the past 15 years, interest in people presenting with potentially prodromal symptoms of psychosis has increased.
Learning how to bring about your childs true potential and how to work with ADD.
This premier event will shine a spotlight on the global shale gas supply and its potential as a valuable energy commodity.
Britannia Wealth has a unique way for its clients to own these tangible mining commodities that have the potential for an extremely robust future.
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In science:

B = quenched average over Bss′ R Qs>s′ dBss′ (.)P ({B}). V (∆x) is a short-range potential, and, for simplicity, we take it to have a Gaussian form, as in Ref. , 2πσ (cid:19)d/2 V (∆x) = (cid:18) 1 d is the dimensionality of the system and √σ the range of the potential.
Embedding a Native State into a Random Heteropolymer Model: The Dynamic Approach
We assume that the potential Φ(r, t) is related to the density ρ(r, t) = R f d3v by a relation of the form Φ(r) = R ρ(r′ )u(r − r′ )d3 r′ where u(r − r′ ) is an arbitrary binary potential.
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
Potentials Φ satisfying the above requirements are called Θ × τ -invariant potentials or L × τ -invariant potentials.
Random Surfaces
An inverse scattering theory is the theory that reconstructs a potential q , which belongs to some class of potentials, from the scattering data, generated by this potential.
Comments on the letter of P.Sabatier "An erroneous statement"
The relevant planar and RP2 diagrams were enumerated by computer up to 4 vertices with a quartic potential Wtree ∼ Φ4 , to 2 vertices with a sextic potential Wtree ∼ Φ6 , and for a single vertex with a potential of degree up to 16.
String Theory and the Vacuum Structure of Confining Gauge Theories
We also find that the equation of motion of the state of potential consciousness, when it is restricted to the potential observation of the spatial position of a particle, is Schr¨odinger’s equation, where the state of potential consciousness is identified with the wave-function of the particle.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
For this purpose, we consider two classes of heavy-tailed potentials: • Potentials with stretched exponential tail, or Weibul l potentials.
Weak and almost sure limits for the parabolic Anderson model with heavy tailed potentials
Third panel: lens potential for the galaxy in the sample model (external shear potential omitted); we see here how solving for the potential automatically smoothes out small-scale fluctuations in the mass.
Gravitational lensing model degeneracies: Is steepness all-important?
Note that the randomness enters the potential (2) via a field of random variables λk , k ∈ Zd , not necessarily in a linear way. A random potential of the form (2) with a single site potential satisfying the above Assumptions gives rise to a metrical ly transitive or ergodic operator, see e.g. or for the definition.
Lifshitz tails for a class of Schr\"odinger operators with random breather-type potential
Let us first notice that for all ξ < 1/4, second term in the potential is dominant for large φ and if ξ is such that the potential V (φ) is even under φ → −φ then the potential is bounded from below.
Non-Gravitating Scalar Field in the FRW Background
Around the maximum of the potential it is locally reminiscent of the “natural inflation” potential involving a pseudo Goldstone boson (except that θ and τ must be simultaneously considered), as well as the racetrack inflation potential [2, 3].
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
The analysis presented below is based on simple estimates for the Feynman diagrams corresponding to Gaussian random potentials and does not extend to other potentials such as Poisson point potentials, let alone potentials satisfying some mild mixing conditions.
Homogenization with large spatial random potential
We have investigated the K− pp system with a variational method, employing a realistic N N potential (Av18 potential) and an effective ¯KN potential based on chiral SU(3) dynamics.
Chiral SU(3) dynamics and the quasibound K^-pp cluster
To especially highlight the non-potential nature of the second term, we considered collisional inhomogeneities of inverse square spatial dependence, whereby the linear potential perturbation identically vanishes, and the purely non-potential one has to be considered.
Matter-Wave Solitons in the Presence of Collisional Inhomogeneities: Perturbation theory and the impact of derivative terms
The agreement, in all three cases, between Eq. (23) and the exact numerical evolution is excellent, with errors δw . 0.2% for the quadratic potential, δw . 0.6% for the PNGB potential, and δw . 0.8% for the Gaussian potential.
Dark Energy from a Phantom Field Near a Local Potential Minimum
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