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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. power to influence or coerce;
- Example: "the puissance of the labor vote"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Puissance \Pu"is*sance\, n. [F., fr. puissant. See Puissant, and cf. Potency, Potance, Potence.] Power; strength; might; force; potency. " Youths of puissance." --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] The power and puissance of the king. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: In Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton, puissance and puissant are usually dissyllables. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

puissance n 1: power to influence or coerce; "the puissance of the labor vote"