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Pu"is*sant (?), a. [F., originally, a p. pr. formed fr. L. posse to be able: cf. L. potens powerful. See Potent.]

Powerful; strong; mighty; forcible; as, a puissant prince or empire.

" Puissant deeds."


Of puissant nations which the world possessed. Spenser.

And worldlings in it are less merciful, And more puissant. Mrs. Browning.


© Webster 1913.

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