Power – From Latin ‘Ability’

Power, the ability to do something.

The word reached English from the Anglo-Norman-French word ‘poeir’, having reached Britain with the Norman invasion of 1066. ‘poeir’ was a derivative of the Latin word ‘potis’ meaning ‘to be able’. The root word, is the Proto-Indo-European word ‘poti’ which meant ‘powerful’ – it is also the root of the word ‘potent’.

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