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English definition of “potential”

potential

adjective [before noun]     /pəˈten.ʃəl/ US  /poʊ-/
B2 possible when the necessary conditions exist : A number of potential buyers have expressed interest in the company . Many potential customers are waiting for a fall in prices before buying . The accident is a grim reminder of the potential dangers involved in North Sea oil production .PotentialHoping and hopefulness
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