Synonyms & Antonyms of lasting

(Entry 1 of 2)

having an existence or validity that does not change or diminish
  • one of the few books published last year that is likely to have lasting significance

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present participle of last

Synonyms & Antonyms of lasting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to continue to operate or to meet one's needs
  • we were lucky that the batteries lasted until we could get to the store to buy more

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2 to remain indefinitely in existence or in the same state
  • this heavy drought has lasted all summer

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How does the adjective lasting contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of lasting are durable, permanent, and stable. While all these words mean "enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established," lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely.

a book that left a lasting impression on me

Where would durable be a reasonable alternative to lasting?

Although the words durable and lasting have much in common, durable implies power to resist destructive agencies.

durable fabrics

When could permanent be used to replace lasting?

The words permanent and lasting can be used in similar contexts, but permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely.

permanent living arrangements

When can stable be used instead of lasting?

While in some cases nearly identical to lasting, stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced.

a stable government

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The first known use of lasting was in the 13th century

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28 May 2020

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“Lasting.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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