staying power


: capacity for continuing (as in existence, influence, or popularity) without weakening

Examples of staying power in a Sentence

a long-distance runner with a lot of staying power a song with staying power Her staying power as a pop icon is remarkable.
Recent Examples on the Web There are probably executives at both companies happy to see their products trending online right now, but going viral and having actual staying power are not the same thing. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 And yet, Trump’s defenders have a point insofar as the former president’s spleen-venting contortions on the internet have little staying power. Noah Rothman, National Review, 15 Jan. 2024 As far as staying power is concerned, nothing quite compares to lip stains and tints. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 People Are Trying Damp January as a Moderate Alternative to Dry January The Sleepy Girl Mocktail Sleepy girl mocktails are nothing new, but their staying power says something about the effectiveness (aka their ability to really knock you out for the night). Christianna Silva, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Jan. 2024 The staying power of titles on Netflix, which extends well beyond their premieres. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 12 Dec. 2023 While Trump led Haley by 22 points, a testament to his staying power, 53% of voters in the state expressed support for a candidate besides him. Nicholas Kerr, ABC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Similar to other formulas on our list, the Flower Beauty lip stain also boasts excellent staying power, which can make removal a little tricky. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 The film has had remarkable staying power in the hearts and memories of nostalgic millennials who showed up to see A Walk to Remember when it was released in theaters, and is currently streaming on Peacock. Krystie Lee Yandoli, Rolling Stone, 23 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of staying power was in 1859

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“Staying power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

staying power

: ability, influence, or strength enough to keep going through a difficult task
a candidate with the staying power to make it to the election

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