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residual power

power retained by a governmental authority after certain powers have been delegated to other authorities.
Origin of residual power
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There was still a tiny bit of residual power remaining; it was fading fast.

    Earth Alert! Kris Neville
  • The residual power in the Constitution of 1776 is vested in the people and exercised through the General Assembly.

    The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783 Virginia State Dept. of Education

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