Simple Definition of dominion
: the power to rule : control of a country, region, etc.
: the land that a ruler or government controls
Dominion : a country that was part of the British Empire but had its own government
Full Definition of dominion
Examples of dominion in a sentence
The U.S. has dominion over the island.
The countries fought for dominion of the territory.
the dominions of the empire
Origin of dominion
Middle English dominioun, from Middle French dominion, modification of Latin dominium, from dominus
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of dominion
power, force, energy, strength, might mean the ability to exert effort. power may imply latent or exerted physical, mental, or spiritual ability to act or be acted upon <the awesome power of flowing water>. force implies the actual effective exercise of power <used enough force to push the door open>. energy applies to power expended or capable of being transformed into work <a worker with boundless energy>. strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack <use weight training to build your strength>. might implies great or overwhelming power or strength <the belief that might makes right>.
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Word Root of dominion
The Latin word dominus, meaning “master,” gives us the root domin. Words from the Latin dominus have something to do with being another's master. To dominate is to have power and control over as if being someone's master. A domain, or land under the control of a government, is a land with a particular master or ruler. Dominion is controlling power, similar to the power of a master over others.
Legal Definition of dominion
1a : supreme authority : sovereignty b : a territory over which such authority is exercised c often cap : a self-governing nation (as Canada) of the British Commonwealth other than the United Kingdom that acknowledges the British monarch as the head of state
2 : the power (as authority) or right (as ownership) to use or dispose of property; specifically : absolute or exclusive use, control, ownership, or possession of property <the transferred property is placed beyond the donor's dominion and control — W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.> <the bailee exercised dominion over the vehicle>
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