world power


: a political unit (such as a nation or state) powerful enough to affect the entire world by its influence or actions

Examples of world power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 1899 and 1907 Hague Conventions, ratified by most world powers at the time, prohibited attacking towns and buildings that were not defended by military forces. Oona A. Hathaway, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 But there is a moral imperative that must guide America and all world powers. Harry Mazadoorian, Hartford Courant, 18 Apr. 2024 Some time ago, India achieved the status of a middle power: a country with a deep global footprint and heavy strategic importance, but not strong enough to ascend to the upper echelon of world powers. Michael Kugelman, TIME, 5 June 2024 Raisi, 63, was elected president at the second attempt in 2021, and since taking office has ordered a tightening of morality laws, overseen a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests and pushed hard in nuclear talks with world powers. USA TODAY, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for world power 

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of world power was in 1855

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“World power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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