Meaning of “potentially” in the English Dictionary

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"potentially" in British English

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uk /pəˈten.ʃəl.i/ us /poʊˈten.ʃəl.i/

B2 possibly:

Hepatitis is a potentially fatal disease.
This crisis is potentially the most serious in the organization's history.

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  • Any major airport or station is potentially a terrorist target.
  • With their natural resources they are potentially a very wealthy country.
  • Cycling is potentially very dangerous in London.
  • This drug is potentially harmful.
  • a potentially serious conflict

(Definition of “potentially” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"potentially" in Business English

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uk /pəˈtenʃəli/ us


a potentially huge market
The changes will potentially have a large impact on profits.

(Definition of “potentially” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)