poten-, pot-, poss-, -potent, -potence, -potency, -potential +

(Latin: power, strength, ability, able; having authority over; rule over, command of)

puissance (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
1. Power to influence or to coerce: The chief executive officer had the puissance necessary to convince or to control the way people react to the economic conditions in his company.
2. Power, might, or force: The puissance of the mayor with his new local taxes was not appreciated by the citizens of the city.
3. Etymology: from late Middle-English, "great power, great influence"; from Old French, "power"; from puissant, "having power".

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Power to influence or to control.
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puissant (adjective), more puissant, most puissant
1. Powerful or mighty: Estella saw the puissant jaws of the alligator as they gripped its prey.
2. Etymology: first from Latin posse, "be able"; from potens, "able, mighty, powerful"; then from French puissaunt and puissant.
Very potent.
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Mighty strong.
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puissantly (adverb), more puissantly, most puissantly
In a powerful manner; with great strength and stamina: The woman was puissantly running stronger than her running partner.

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Powerful stamina.
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Having the power of the sea or having power over the sea; a reference to Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.
Having great wisdom or power derived from possessing great knowledge.
Scientia est potentia.
Knowledge is power.

Motto of Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida, USA.

Sole power; a unique power.
1. Reduction in potency, as of a drug.
2. Reduction in the power to transmit hereditary characteristics.
Of greater than normal or acceptable potency.
1. An extremely powerful nation; especially, one capable of influencing international events and the acts and policies of less powerful nations.
2. Power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed.
3. Power; especially, mechanical or electric power, on an extremely large scale secured by the linking together of a number of separate power systems, with a view to more efficient and economical generation and distribution.
thermal power plant (s) (noun), thermal power plants (pl)
A generating facility that uses heat to produce electrical power: Thermal power plants produce electric energy from steam energy that has been released by water when it is raised to a high temperature, turns into steam, and spins a steam turbine which drives an electrical generator.

As with other related "plant" references, this entry is believed to be linked to the action of pressing on a shovel, or some other planting device, with the "sole of the foot" in order to work the soil for planting.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "master, lead, leading, ruler, ruling, govern": -agogic; agon-; arch-; -crat; dom-; gov-; magist-; regi-; tyran-.