potent

  1. having great influence

    Synonyms : powerful
  2. having or wielding force or authority

    Synonyms : strong
    Examples :
    • providing the ground soldier with increasingly potent weapons
  3. (of a male) capable of copulation

    Synonyms : virile
    Antonyms : impotent
  4. having a strong physiological or chemical effect

    Synonyms : stiff, strong
    Antonyms : impotent
    Examples :
    • a potent toxin
    • potent liquor
    • a potent cup of tea

potable

  1. any liquid suitable for drinking

    Synonyms : beverage, drink, drinkable
    Type Of : nutrient, food, liquid
  2. suitable for drinking

    Synonyms : drinkable

postulate

  1. maintain or assert

    Synonyms : contend
    Type Of : claim
  2. (logic) a proposition that is accepted as true in order to provide a basis for logical reasoning

    Synonyms : posit
    Type Of : proposition
  3. take as a given; assume as a postulate or axiom

    Synonyms : posit
    Type Of : presuppose, suppose
  4. require as useful, just, or proper

    Synonyms : ask, call for, demand, involve, necessitate, need, require, take
    Examples :
    • This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent

posthumous

  1. occurring or coming into existence after a person's death

    Examples :
    • a posthumous award
    • a posthumous book
    • a posthumous daughter

posterity

  1. all of the offspring of a given progenitor

    Synonyms : descendants
    Type Of : biological group
    Examples :
    • we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity
  2. all future generations

    Type Of : generation

poseur

  1. a person who habitually pretends to be something he is not

    Synonyms : poser
    Type Of : exhibitionist, show-off

portent

  1. a sign of something about to happen

    Synonyms : omen, presage, prodigy, prognostic, prognostication
    Type Of : foretoken, preindication, sign, augury

portend

  1. indicate, as with a sign or an omen

    Synonyms : augur, auspicate, betoken, bode, forecast, foreshadow, foretell, omen, predict, prefigure, presage, prognosticate
    Type Of : indicate, betoken, point, signal, bespeak

pontificate

  1. the government of the Roman Catholic Church

    Synonyms : papacy
    Type Of : regime, government, authorities
  2. administer a pontifical office

    Type Of : administrate, administer
  3. talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner

    Type Of : speak, talk
    Examples :
    • The new professor always pontificates

ponderous

  1. slow and laborious because of weight

    Synonyms : heavy, lumbering
    Examples :
    • ponderous prehistoric beasts
    • a ponderous yawn
  2. having great mass and weight and unwieldiness

    Examples :
    • a ponderous stone
    • a ponderous burden
    • ponderous weapons
  3. labored and dull

    Examples :
    • a ponderous speech