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present participle of last

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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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“Lasting.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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