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English definition of “potential”

potential

adjective [always before noun]
 
 
/pəˈtenʃəl/
B2 A potential problem, employer, partner, etc may become one in the future, although they are not one now: a potential danger/threat a potential customer A number of potential buyers have expressed interest in the building.PotentialHoping and hopefulness
potentially adverb B2 a potentially fatal condition
(Definition of potential adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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