From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Potency \Po"ten*cy\, n. [L. potentia, from potens, -entis,
   potent. See Potent, and cf. Potance, Potence,
   The quality or state of being potent; physical or moral
   power; inherent strength; energy; ability to effect a
   purpose; capability; efficacy; influence. "Drugs of potency."
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         A place of potency and away o' the state. --Shak.
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