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Meaning & Definition of Potential in English

English

Potential

/pətɛnʃəl/

noun

1. The inherent capacity for coming into being

    synonym:
  • potential
  • ,
  • potentiality
  • ,
  • potency

2. The difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts

    synonym:
  • electric potential
  • ,
  • potential
  • ,
  • potential difference
  • ,
  • potential drop
  • ,
  • voltage

adjective

1. Existing in possibility

  • "A potential problem"
  • "Possible uses of nuclear power"
    synonym:
  • potential
  • ,
  • possible

2. Expected to become or be

  • In prospect
  • "Potential clients"
    synonym:
  • likely
  • ,
  • potential

Examples of using

I'd just like to point out a few potential problems.
Any electrical device, if used improperly, has the potential for causing fire, electrical shock or personal injury.
Every man is a potential corpse.