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potis or pote adj. indecl. with comp. potior, potius, and sup. potissimus

I.I. Posit, able, capable (with es or est ): Potin ut desinas (sc. es)? Can you stop? T.: dum potis (es), aridum Compone lignum, H.: At non Euandrum potis est vis ulla tenere, V.Possible : nihil potis supra, nothing could exceed it , T.: ubi Nec potis est fluctūs aequare sequendo, V.: quantum pote, as soon as possible .—
II.II. Comp., of persons, better, preferable, superior : ut sit potior, qui prior ad dandumst, T.: cives potiores quam peregrini: heres, L.: qui potior nunc es, Tb.—Of things, better, preferable, more useful, more important : Novistine locum potiorem rure beato? H.: mors civibus semper fuit servitute potior: nihil mihi fuit potius quam ut, etc., more urgent : semper se rei p. commoda privatis necessitatibus habuisse potiora, Cs.: potiora quaedam agere, more important matters , Cu.
III.III. Sup, chief, principal, most prominent, strongest : quae dubia nisu videbantur, potissumus temptare, foremost , S.: quid potissimum sit, quaeritur: causa, Ta.: potissimi libertorum, Ta.

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