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potent

adjective uk   /ˈpəʊ.tənt/ us    /ˈpoʊ.t̬ənt/
very powerful, forceful, or effective: Surprise remains the terrorists' most potent weapon. The Berlin Wall was a potent symbol of the Cold War. This is a very potent drug and can have unpleasant side-effects.Physically strong and powerful
potently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Her arguments were strong, and potently deployed.Physically strong and powerful
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