What does the word potential mean?

Usage examples for potential

  1. Here I am, well on the way to fifty, after twenty- five years of hard work, looking forward to the potential poor- house as confidently as I did in youth. – A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth by William Dean Howells
  2. I observe that in the physical as in the moral world there is, in each phenomenon, a latent force, a sort of potential energy, which raises it and urges it beyond itself. – Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History by Auguste Sabatier
  3. Assistance to small business is particularly important at this time when thousands of veterans who are potential business and industrial leaders are beginning their careers. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
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