Meaning of powerful

powerful




Something that’s powerful displays, well, power. Your neighbor who just finished training to be a fireman probably looks much more powerful than he used to.

We use powerful for many different senses of “strong.” A powerful medicine is very effective. A powerful politician has more influence than most politicians. A powerful dog could probably knock you down. If you’re reading a book written in folksy Southern vernacular, someone might use powerful to mean “very,” as in, “that was a powerful good supper, Miss Jackson,” or “you look powerful good tonight.”

Definitions of powerful
  1. adjective

    having great power or force or potency or effect

    “the most
    powerful government in western Europe”
    “his
    powerful arms”
    “a
    powerful bomb”
    “the horse’s
    powerful kick”
    powerful drugs”
    “a
    powerful argument”
    Synonyms:

    effective, effectual, efficacious

    producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect
    potent, stiff, strong

    having a strong physiological or chemical effect
    all-powerful, almighty, omnipotent

    having unlimited power
    coercive

    serving or intended to coerce
    compelling

    driving or forcing
    mighty

    having or showing great strength or force or intensity
    muscular

    having or suggesting great physical power or force
    potent, strong

    having or wielding force or authority
    puissant

    powerful
    regent

    acting or functioning as a regent or ruler
    regnant, reigning, ruling

    exercising power or authority
    strong

    having strength or power greater than average or expected
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    Antonyms:

    powerless

    lacking power
    ineffective, ineffectual, uneffective

    not producing an intended effect
    impotent

    lacking power or ability
    feeble, nerveless

    lacking strength
    helpless, incapacitated

    lacking in or deprived of strength or power
    low-powered

    having little power to do work
    weak

    not having authority, political strength, or governing power
    weak

    wanting in physical strength
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  2. adjective

    strong enough to knock down or overwhelm

    synonyms:

    knock-down

    strong

    having strength or power greater than average or expected
  3. adjective

    (of a person) possessing physical strength and weight; rugged and powerful

    powerful arms”
    synonyms:

    brawny, hefty, muscular, sinewy

    strong

    having strength or power greater than average or expected
  4. adjective

    displaying superhuman strength or power

    synonyms:

    herculean

    superhuman

    above or beyond the human or demanding more than human power or endurance
  5. adjective

    having great influence

    synonyms:

    potent

    influential

    having or exercising influence or power
  6. adverb

    (Southern regional intensive) very; to a great degree

    “it is
    powerful humid”
    “that boy is
    powerful big now”
    synonyms:

    mightily, mighty, right

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