• Currently unrealized ability (with the most common adposition being to)
  • The gravitational potential: the radial (irrotational, static) component of a gravitational field, also known as the Newtonian potential or the gravitoelectric field.
  • The work (energy) required to move a reference particle from a reference location to a specified location in the presence of a force field, for example to bring a unit positive electric charge from an infinite distance to a specified point against an electric field.
  • A verbal construction or form stating something is possible or probable.


  • Existing in possibility, not in actuality.
  • Being potent; endowed with energy adequate to a result
  • A potential field is an irrotational (static) field.
  • A potential flow is an irrotational flow.
  • Referring to a verbal construction of form stating something is possible or probable.


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  • From Late Latin potentialis, from Latin potentia ("power"), from potens; synchronically analysable as potent + -ial.

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