Usage Late Roman
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 7/14/2008
Either derived from the Latin noun potentia meaning "power, might, force" or from the Latin adjective potens meaning "able, strong, powerful, potent" (see Potens).This name was borne by a Roman tribune who was killed at the Battle of Adrianople in 378 AD. He was the son of the Roman general Ursicinus.