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puissant (adj.)

mid-15c., puissaunt, "powerful, influential, in a position of authority; physically strong," from Old French puissant "strong, mighty, powerful," earlier poissant (12c.), from stem of Old French poeir "to be able" (see power (n.)). Related: Puissantly.

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Definitions of puissant

puissant (adj.)
powerful;
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