potency

Part of speech: noun

inherent ability

Part of speech: noun

Authority.

Part of speech: noun

Power to influence.

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Usage examples "potency":

  1. That they also strengthen, even to an incalculable extent, the power of thought itself, is most true: but they do this by no intrinsic and peculiar virtue; they do it by the power inherent in an artificial memory, an instrument of which few have adequately considered the immense potency. - "A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2)", John Stuart Mill.
  2. Moreover, so great was its potency, that two or three drops in a gallon of water formed a mixture of wonderful therapeutic value. - "Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery", Robert Means Lawrence.
  3. Nor is this an empty form, for upon an occasion this person himself witnessed a very bitter contention between a keeper of the barrier and one whose token had through some cause lost its potency. - "The Mirror of Kong Ho", Ernest Bramah.