• Having great power or influence.

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Example Sentences

“My grandfather thought he ruled the house, but we all knew grandma was the most puissant.”

“A new leader will often demonstrate their puissant levels with a show of power as soon as they come into office.” 

“The most puissant candidate will win the election.”

Word Origin

Latin, 1450s

Why this word?

“Puissant” is the adjective form of the noun “puissance,” which means “power or might.” It’s more often used in a literary sense than in everyday conversation, but “puissant” is a strong word to demonstrate ability. The Latin root is “posse,” meaning “to be able,” which also forms the root of the adjectives “powerful” and “potent.”

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