potentiality

potentiality
potential ADJECTIVE having the capacity to develop into something in the future.
NOUN 1) qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness. 2) (often potential for/to do) the possibility of something happening or of someone doing something in the future. 3) Physics the quantity determining the energy of mass in a gravitational field or of charge in an electric field.
DERIVATIVES potentiality noun potentially adverb.
ORIGIN Latin potentialis, from potentia 'power' .

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