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sovereignty

noun sov·er·eign·ty \ˈsä-v(ə-)rən-tē, -vərn-tē also ˈsə-\

: unlimited power over a country

: a country's independent authority and the right to govern itself

plural sov·er·eign·ties

Full Definition of SOVEREIGNTY

1
obsolete :  supreme excellence or an example of it
2
a :  supreme power especially over a body politic
b :  freedom from external control :  autonomy
c :  controlling influence
3
:  one that is sovereign; especially :  an autonomous state

Variants of SOVEREIGNTY

sov·er·eign·ty also sov·ran·ty \ˈsä-v(ə-)rən-tē, -vərn-tē also ˈsə-\
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Examples of SOVEREIGNTY

  1. <upon leaving home she felt that she had achieved sovereignty for the first time in her life>
  2. <as parts of the same sovereignty, the states should not enact laws intended to harm one another economically>
  3. Nor was the sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian race recognized at the time Hawaii became a state. —Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, 18 July 2005

Origin of SOVEREIGNTY

Middle English soverainte, from Anglo-French sovereinté, from soverein (see 2sovereign)
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism
SOVEREIGNTIES Defined for Kids

sovereignty

noun sov·er·eign·ty \ˈsä-və-rən-tē, ˈsä-vrən-\
plural sov·er·eign·ties

Definition of SOVEREIGNTY for Kids

1
:  supreme power especially over a political unit (as a country)
2
:  a country's independent authority and right of self-control

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