great power

noun, often capitalized G&P

Definition of great power 

: one of the nations that figure most decisively in international affairs : superpower

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Interestingly, the 135kWh pack gets the greatest power output (562kW/754hp); the 180kWh vehicles have to make do with a mere 522kW/700hp. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Rivian debuts new US-made electric truck and SUV with 400-mile range," 28 Nov. 2018 Huawei has a new architecture for its chip that splits its 8 cores into big, medium, and large cores for greater power management and allocation, which will help those giant batteries last even longer. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Huawei Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro hands on: Enter the Matrix with the do-it-all Android phones," 16 Oct. 2018 With great power comes great responsibility... to not be a doofus. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "All hail bongo cat," 14 Sep. 2018 But with great power comes great responsibility: 8 breeds workaholics, and on a bad day, can become excessively controlling and possessive. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 The decision comes as the European Union has been warning that Poland’s judicial independence is under threat due to new laws that give the conservative ruling party, Law and Justice, greater power over court appointments. Washington Post, "Polish court rules against man who wouldn’t serve LGBT group," 15 June 2018 There's going to be a big clash of the great powers eventually. Fox News, "Trump eyes even higher tariffs as China trade war escalates," 7 July 2018 These two nations were often distracted by great power rivalry or a desire to look inward (or just focus on its empire). Paul Poast, Washington Post, "These surprising countries could emerge as the heroes of NATO — and the liberal world order," 10 July 2018 Erdogan’s adviser Ilnur Cevik told The Associated Press in an interview, countering accusations that Erdogan is in pursuit of greater powers. Washington Post, "Turkey’s Erdogan seeks new term with greater powers," 21 June 2018

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