(noun, adjective)


1. existing in possibility

- a potential problem

Similar word(s): latent, possible

2. expected to become or be; in prospect

- potential clients

Similar word(s): prospective, likely

Sentences with potential as an adjective:

- The heroic man,—and is not every man, God be thanked, a potential hero?—has to do so, in all times and circumstances.[5]

- And hath, in his effect, a voice potential[6]

- From Maxwell equations (6.20) it follows that the electric field is potential: E(r)

- The non-viscous flow of the vacuum should be potential (irrotational).[8]


1. the inherent capacity for coming into being

Similar word(s): potency, potentiality

Definition categories: state, possibility, possibleness

2. the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts

Similar word(s): voltage

Definition categories: phenomenon

Sentences with potential as a noun:

- Even from a young age it was clear that she had the potential to become a great musician.