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Synonyms of 'potent'

(adjective) 
Definition
having great power or influence
a potent political force
Synonyms
powerful
You're a powerful woman – people will listen to you.
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commanding
Right now you're in a very commanding position.
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dynamic
He seemed a dynamic and energetic leader.
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dominant
controlled by the dominant class
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influential
one of the most influential books ever written
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authoritative
The first authoritative study was published in 1840.
(adjective) 
Definition
(of arguments) persuasive or forceful
a potent electoral message
Synonyms
persuasive
a persuasive argument against reform
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telling
How a man shaves is a telling clue to his age.
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convincing
Scientists say there is no convincing evidence for this theory.
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effective
You can't make an effective argument if all you do is stridently voice your opinion.
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compelling
He puts forward a compelling argument against the culling of badgers.
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forceful
This is a forceful argument for joining them.
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cogent
He makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
highly effective
The treatment is extremely potent, but can have unpleasant side-effects.
Synonyms
strong
I'm not strong enough to carry him.
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powerful
a big, powerful man
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mighty
a mighty young athlete
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vigorous
He was a vigorous, handsome young man.
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forceful
He was a man of forceful character.
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efficacious
The nasal spray was new on the market and highly efficacious.
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puissant
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of authoritative
Definition
possessing authority
The first authoritative study was published in 1840.
in the sense of cogent
Definition
forcefully convincing
He makes a cogent argument for a more egalitarian education system.
in the sense of commanding
Definition
in a position or situation where success looks certain
Right now you're in a very commanding position.
Synonyms
controlling,
dominating,
win-win

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