residual power


: power held to remain at the disposal of a governmental authority after an enumeration or delegation of specified powers to other authorities

Examples of residual power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clack’s 2016 projections relied mostly on flexible natural gas power plants rather than dams or batteries to handle residual power demand—delivering a 78 percent reduction of power sector carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2030. IEEE Spectrum, 19 June 2017 In an effort to avoid static electricity or residual power, crews placed clamps or cables on wires, Goldstein shared, adding that rescuers also had to deal with foggy weather conditions. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 But an opinion by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh that accompanied the decision suggested that Mr. Trump should have some residual power to assert executive privilege. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 Not to worry, however, because Trump had a back-up argument: The PRA itself is unconstitutional, and Trump possesses some sort of inherent residual power as a former president to stifle Congress. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 17 Nov. 2021 Crucially, the feature will work on residual power, allowing operation for five hours after the iPhone’s battery is too low to perform other functions. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 27 June 2020 To varying degrees, those businesses and others still trade on the residual power of their founders’ personality and vision. New York Times, 6 June 2018 At a time when the survival of our democracy appeared to require the construction of a new economic order, a discredited and defeated conservative Establishment was using its residual power within the judiciary to thwart progressive change. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, 23 May 2018 The National Weather Service on Monday issued a winter storm warning for much of New England and a winter weather advisory for eastern New York and Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, even as residual power outages from the previous storm linger. CBS News, 12 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of residual power was in 1919

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“Residual power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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