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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition, prior published preclinical results have shown that avapritinib can potently treat GIST associated with KIT and PDGFRA mutations, concluded the company.
Eric Brown, Associate Professor of Cancer Biology at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, and member of Sierra's DNA damage response Advisory Committee, said: "Prior studies demonstrated that SRA141 potently and selectively inhibits Cdc7, resulting in robust anti-tumor efficacy in colorectal xenograft models, however, the compound's exact mechanism of action has not been characterized previously.
Harnessing the nostalgia of a time lost, and of love betrayed, her performance made the audience feel the loss and the sorrow potently.
But there is hope as this potently punishing decade is proving.
Now, with Duckie - playing over two days and nights at the Contact - La Gateau Chocolat is proving how his message of tolerance and acceptance works just as potently with younger audiences.
Senior author Gavin Screaton from College London said that the paper shows for the first time that the antibodies they had previously found to be effective against Dengue can potently protect against Zika virus in mice.
Conclusions: Compared with aspirin, cilostazol potently inhibited progression of carotid intima-media thickness, an established surrogate marker of cardiovascular events, in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.