Definitions for "Potential evapotranspiration"
The theoretical maximum amount of water vapor that can be convyed to the atmosphere by the combined processes of evaporation and transpiration by a surface covered by green vegetation with no lack of available water in the soil.
Water loss that will occur if at no time there is a deficiency of water in the soil for use of vegetation.
That amount of moisture that, if it were available, would be removed from a given land area by evaporation and transpiration.