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reserved power

a political power that a constitution reserves exclusively to the jurisdiction of a particular political authority.
Origin of reserved power
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • As he had matured in years he had developed this reserved power.

    The Sins of the Father

    Thomas Dixon
  • He was slow of speech, and his very heaviness of look added to the impression of reserved power about the man.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Able and capable suggest general ability and reserved power, able being the higher word of the two.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • They like to have an adjunct to the best-working machinery, a sort of reserved power.

  • In the mean time, the people consider themselves the safest depositary of their reserved power.

    Peter the Great

    Jacob Abbott
  • Through all there is a striking sense of reserved power, and of absolute mastery of the art.

    From the Easy Chair, vol. 1 George William Curtis
  • Shall there be no reserved power in the empire to supply a deficiency which may weaken, divide, and dissipate the whole?

  • There was a music in it which charmed, and a reserved power and volume which she could use when the occasion called for it.

    Eli and Sibyl Jones

    Rufus Matthew Jones
  • There was about him at that time an air of reserved power which interested though it did not attract those who knew him.

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