Pronunciation: (pu-ten'shul),[key] —adj. 1. possible, as opposed to actual: the potential uses of nuclear energy. 2. capable of being or becoming: a potential danger to safety. 3. Gram.expressing possibility: the potential subjunctive in Latin; the potential use of can in I can go.
—n. 1. possibility; potentiality: an investment that has little growth potential. 2. a latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed.
3. Gram. a. a potential aspect, mood, construction, case, etc.
b. a form in the potential.
4. Elect.See electric potential (def. 1).
5. Math.,Physics.a type of function from which the intensity of a field may be derived, usually by differentiation.
6. someone or something that is considered a worthwhile possibility: The list of job applications has been narrowed to half a dozen potentials.