This week’s Word of the Week is, “Potential”- adjective possible, as opposed to actual: the potential uses of nuclear energy. capable of being or becoming: a potential danger to safety. Grammar. expressing possibility: the potential subjunctive in Latin; the potential use of can in I can go. Archaic. potent. noun possibility; potentiality: an investment that has little growth potential. a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed. Grammar. a potential aspect, mood, construction, case, etc.; a form in the potential. Electricity. electric potential. Mathematics, Physics. a type of function from which the intensity of a field may be derived, usually by differentiation. someone or something that is considered a worthwhile possibility: The list of job applications has been narrowed to half a dozen potentials.