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1. Possessing inner or physical strength; powerful.
a. Exerting or capable of exerting strong physiological or chemical effects: potent liquor; a potent toxin.
b. Exerting or capable of exerting strong influence; cogent: potent arguments.
3. Having great control or authority: "The police were potent only so long as they were feared" (Thomas Burke).
4. Able to achieve and maintain an erection that allows for sexual intercourse. Used of a male.

[Middle English, from Latin potēns, potent-, present participle of posse, to be able; see poti- in Indo-European roots.]

po′tent·ly adv.
po′tent·ness n.
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Adv.1.potently - in a manner having a powerful influence; "Clytemnestra's ghost crying in the night for vengeance remained most potently in the audience's mind"
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He was, moreover, esteemed by the women as a man of great erudition, for he had read several books quite through, and was a perfect master of Cotton Mather's "History of New England Witchcraft," in which, by the way, he most firmly and potently believed.
I knew well that I risked death; for any drug that so potently controlled and shook the very fortress of identity, might, by the least scruple of an overdose or at the least inopportunity in the moment of exhibition, utterly blot out that immaterial tabernacle which I looked to it to change.
They kept their word: day after day their visits were repeated; they became "hail fellow well met" with Captain Bonneville's men; treat after treat succeeded, until both parties got most potently convinced, or rather confounded, by liquor.
Since, thus, the prevision of his own unending bliss could not nullify the bitter savors of irritated jealousy and vindictiveness, it is the less surprising that the probability of a transient earthly bliss for other persons, when he himself should have entered into glory, had not a potently sweetening effect.
Feeling it necessary to do something then, he stretched himself out at greater length, and, reclining with the back of his head on the end of the sofa, and smoking with an infinite assumption of negligence, turned his common face, and not too sober eyes, towards the face looking down upon him so carelessly yet so potently.
If these proposed changes are potently so positive for our future prosperity and job security why can't we be given a real collective voice in these changes to our democratic governance?
They counter attacked very potently with Kieran Martin pushing up with Heslin and Denis Glennon coming on.
Spyryx is developing inhaled peptides, which are designed to potently degrade ENaC, blocking this absorption and returning airway fluid volumes to normal levels, with the goal of restoring proper mucociliary clearance.
The researchers observed that this intervention in an animal model potently corrects obesity while improving glucose metabolism.
A bee is drawn to the small but potently perfumed Eleagnus 'Quicksilver', above toda?
Even so,I've heard recordings of the Goldberg Variations which have had a potently soporific effect.
Lance-maside A and echinocystic acid, which is its metabolite by intestinal microflora, potently inhibited acetylcholinesterase activity in a dose-dependent manner, with [IC.