An example of sovereignty is the power of a king to rule his people.
- the state or quality of being sovereign
- the status, dominion, rule, or power of a sovereign
- supreme and independent political authority
- a sovereign state or governmental unit
Origin of sovereigntyMiddle English soverainete from Anglo-French sovereyneté, Old French souveraineté
- Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state.
- Royal rank, authority, or power.
- Complete independence and self-government.
- A territory existing as an independent state.
(countable and uncountable, plural sovereignties)
- (of a polity) The state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.
- (of a ruler) Supreme authority over all things.
- (of a person) The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions.
From Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin root *superÄnus (cf. Italian sovrano, Spanish soberano) from Latin super (“above"). Plus the Latinate English suffix -ty. Spelling influenced by folk-etymology association with reign.
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