potentially

potentially
adverb /pəˈtɛnʃ(ə)li/
In a manner showing much potential; with the possibility of happening in a given way.

I freely assert, that the cosmopolite philosopher cannot, for his life, point out one single peaceful influence, which within the last sixty years has operated more potentially upon the whole broad world, taken in one aggregate, than the high and mighty business of whaling.


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  • Potentially — Po*ten tial*ly, adv. 1. With power; potently. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. In a potential manner; possibly, not positively. [1913 Webster] The duration of human souls is only potentially infinite. Bentley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • potentially — early 15c., “in possibility,” opposed to actually; from POTENTIAL (Cf. potential) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Meaning “powerfully” is recorded from 1540s …   Etymology dictionary

  • potentially — potential potential 2 noun [uncountable] 1. the possibility that something will develop in a certain way or be able to do something: • He was eager to capitalize on the commercial potential of his designs. • the labor saving potential of… …   Financial and business terms

  • potentially — adverb (+ adj/adv) something that is potentially dangerous, useful etc is not actually dangerous etc at the present time but is likely to become so: I knew that I was in a potentially dangerous situation. | The benefits of computerised ordering… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • potentially — adv. Potentially is used with these adjectives: ↑beneficial, ↑big, ↑capable, ↑catastrophic, ↑confusing, ↑contaminated, ↑controversial, ↑costly, ↑damaging, ↑dangerous, ↑decisive, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • potentially — po|ten|tial|ly [pəˈtenʃəli] adv [+ adjective/adverb] something that is potentially dangerous, useful etc is not dangerous etc now, but may become so in the future ▪ a potentially dangerous situation …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • potentially — po|ten|tial|ly [ pə tenʃəli ] adverb ** possibly true in the future, but not true now: The conflict is a potentially serious situation. a potentially harmful drug …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • potentially */*/ — UK [pəˈtenʃəlɪ] / US adverb possibly true in the future, but not true now The conflict is a potentially serious situation. a potentially harmful drug …   English dictionary

  • potentially — adverb with a possibility of becoming actual (Freq. 2) he is potentially dangerous potentially useful • Derived from adjective: ↑potential …   Useful english dictionary

  • potentially — /peuh ten sheuh lee/, adv. possibly but not yet actually: potentially useful information. [1400 50; late ME; see POTENTIAL, LY] * * * …   Universalium

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