# potential meaning

[ pə'tenʃ(ə)l ] Pronunciation:   "potential" in a sentence
1. Existing in possibility
"a potential problem"
- possible
2. Expected to become or be; in prospect
"potential clients"
- likely
Noun: potential  pu'tenshul
1. The inherent capacity for coming into being
- potentiality, potency
2. The difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in volts
- electric potential, potential difference, potential drop, voltage

Derived forms: potentials

Antonym: actual

Encyclopedia: Potential

that can develop into sth or be developed in the future:

potential customers

the potential benefits of European integration

First we need to identify actual and potential problems.

a potentially huge market

noun [U]

1

the possibility of sth happening or being developed or used:

The European marketplace offers excellent potential for increasing sales.

The new service has huge market potential.

2

qualities that exist and can be developed:

We try to help all our employees realize their full potential.

This start-up has the potential to be a very successful company.

[Electricity]
See electric potential

[Medicine]
adj : existing in possibility : capable of development into actuality — po·ten·tial·ly adv
n
1 : something that can develop or become actual
2
a : any of various functions from which the intensity or the velocity at any point in a field may be readily calculated; specif : ELECTRICAL POTENTIAL
b : POTENTIAL DIFFERENCE

[Computer]
<electronics> (Or "potential difference", "electro-motive force" (EMF)) A quantity measured as a signed difference between two points in an electrical circuit which, when divided by the resistance in Ohms between those points, gives the current flowing between those points in Amperes, according to Ohm's Law. Voltage is expressed as a signed number of Volts (V). The voltage gradient in Volts per metre is proportional to the force on a charge.

Voltages are often given relative to "earth" or "ground" which is taken to be at zero Volts. A circuit's earth may or may not be electrically connected to the actual earth.

The voltage between two points is also given by the charge present between those points in Coulombs divided by the capacitance in Farads. The capacitance in turn depends on the dielectric constant of the insulators present.

Yet another law gives the voltage across a piece of circuit as its inductance in Henries multiplied by the rate of change of current flow through it in Amperes per second.

A simple analogy likens voltage to the pressure of water in a pipe. Current is likened to the amount of water (charge) flowing per unit time.

## Examples

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1. their potential longevity was 4-8 years.
2. the peritoneal cavity is a potential space.
3. the seed is the potential flower and fruit.
4. potential energy is convertible to kinetic energy.
5. what is the potential drop in an edge?