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
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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
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