Word of the Week: Potential

This week’s Word of the Week is, “Potential”- adjective

  1. possible, as opposed to actual: the potential uses of nuclear energy.

  1. capable of being or becoming: a potential danger to safety.

  1. Grammar. expressing possibility: the potential subjunctive in Latin; the potential use of can in I can go.

  1. Archaic. potent.


  1. possibility; potentiality: an investment that has little growth potential.

  1. a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed.

  1. Grammar. a potential aspect, mood, construction, case, etc.; a form in the potential.

  1. Electricity. electric potential.

  1. Mathematics, Physics. a type of function from which the intensity of a field may be derived, usually by differentiation.


  1. someone or something that is considered a worthwhile possibility: The list of job applications has been narrowed to half a dozen potentials.