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potence (n.)

"potency, power, strength," early 15c., from Old French potence "power," from Latin potentia,from potis "powerful, able, capable," from PIE root *poti- "powerful; lord." The potence in watch-making, etc. (1670s) is from a special sense of French potence "a crutch."

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Definitions of potence

potence (n.)
the state of being potent; a male's capacity to have sexual intercourse;
Synonyms: potency
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