Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.
1. One having unlimited power or authority: the bureaucratic omnipotents.
2. Omnipotent God. Used with the.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin omnipotēns, omnipotent- : omni-, omni- + potēns, present participle of posse, to be able; see poti- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
om·nipo·tence, om·nipo·ten·cy n.
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