These ROOT-WORDS are POTEN, POTES & POSSE meaning POWER. They come from the Latin posse, potesse & possessus. The word POSSE (No. 12) has been adopted entirely; the others we have manipulated and suited to our uses. A very special word is No. 5. The most important qualities of a person are his potentialities. Very few people take the trouble to explore their real potential.
1. Potent : POTEN t (pote’ ent) adj.
2. Potence : POTEN ce (pote’ ens) n.
Degree of power; potency
3. Potentate : POTEN tate (pote’ en tate) n.
A monarch; a ruler
4. Potential : POTEN tial (po ten’ chal) adj.
Having the possibility of development
5. Potentiality : POTEN tiality (po ten chee al’ it ee) n.
The ability to develop; possibility of power
6. Potentiate : POTEN tiate (po ten’ chee ate) v.
To endow with power; with potentiality
7. Potentialize : POTEN tialize (po ten’ shal ize) v.
To make capable; to make potential
8. Potentiometer : POTEN tiometer (po ten chee om’ et er) n.
An instrument to measure electromotive foces
9. Potentize : POTEN tize (poe’ ten tize) v.
To render potent; to make capable
10. Potestative : POTES tative (poe’ test ay tiv) adj.
Having authority or power
11. Omnipotent : omni POTEN t (om nip’ o tent) adj.
12. Posse : POSSE (pos’ ee) n.
An armed band; a force with legal authority
13. Possess : POSSE ss (po zes’) v.
To have and to hold as legal property
14. Possessed : POSSE ssed (po zesd’) adj.
Controlled and influenced as by evil ideas
15. Possessor : POSSE ssor (po zes’ or) n.
One who possesses property; as, a proud possessor of a large estate
16. Possible : POSS ible (pos’ i b’l) adj.
Able to be; it may chance
17. Possibilitate : POSS ibilitate (pos i bil’ i tate) v.
To make possible
18. Possibility : POSS ibility (pos i bil’ it ee) n.
The state of being possible; as, a possibility of failure