having great power, influence, or effect.
thrones were potent symbols of authority
sinonim: powerful, strong, mighty, formidable, influential, dominant, forceful, puissant; forceful, convincing, cogent, compelling, persuasive, powerful, strong; strong, powerful, effective, efficacious
(of a male) able to achieve an erection or to reach an orgasm.
The answer lies in the widespread assumption that ‘awakening’ a young lass is the mark of a potent man.