Pronunciation: [ pyoo-uh-suhnt; pwis-uhnt ]
Origin: Late Middle English; Latin
Etymology: via Old French from Latin posse ‘be able’
1. (adjective) powerful; mighty; potent
Synonym(s): capable, powerful, mighty, tenacious
Antonym(s): helpless, feeble, obscure, insignificant
Example: You must be a puissant individual to become the President of the United States.