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POTENCY

The capacity of a being to be, to act, or to receive. Perfectability or capacity for perfection or change. Only creatures are in potency, since God is Pure Act and unchangeable. (Etym. Latin potens, power; potentia, power, ability to be or become or do something.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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