Meaning of potential

po•ten•tial

Pronunciation: (pu-ten'shul), [key]
— adj.
  1. possible, as opposed to actual: the potential uses of nuclear energy.
  2. capable of being or becoming: a potential danger to safety.
  3. expressing possibility:can in I can go. the potential subjunctive in Latin; the potential use of
  4. potent.
—n.
  1. possibility; potentiality: an investment that has little growth potential.
  2. a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed.
    1. a potential aspect, mood, construction, case, etc.
    2. a form in the potential.
  3. See(def. 1).
  4. a type of function from which the intensity of a field may be derived, usually by differentiation.
  5. someone or something that is considered a worthwhile possibility: The list of job applications has been narrowed to half a dozen potentials.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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