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PO'TENT, adjective [Latin potens.] Powerful; physically strong; forcible; efficacious; as a potent medicine.

Moses once more his potent rod extends.

1. Powerful, in a moral sense; having great influence; as potent interest; a potent argument.

2. Having great authority, control or dominion; as a potent prince.

PO'TENT, noun A prince; a potentate. [Not in use.]

1. A walking staff or crutch. [Not used.]