Antonyms for potential

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She loomed large, potential, courageous, a woman who held life in her hands.

It recalls the days when Englishmen were potential lighters; that is, potential rebels.

If she be not a mother, you will supplicate her to speak of her potential children.

Aren't you perhaps exaggerating your potential influence on my life?

It is potential, not actual, and can only be appropriated by strenuous exertion.

But since then it has had time and opportunity to become strong, bold, masculine, potential.

By the end of the winter, the might had ceased to be potential and had become actual.

From beneath it, the potential troglodyte, that lurks in us all, is ready enough to erupt.

Who was it said that to every woman every man is a potential lover.

Capital punishment was reserved for traitors, actual and potential.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "possible" (as opposed to actual), from Old French potenciel and directly from Late Latin potentialis "potential," from Latin potentia "power, might, force;" figuratively "political power, authority, influence," from potens "powerful" (see potent). The noun, meaning "that which is possible," is first attested 1817, from the adjective.

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