Sovereignty meaning

sŏvər-ĭn-tē, sŏvrĭn-
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Complete independence and self-government.
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Royal rank, authority, or power.
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(of a person) The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions.
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The status, dominion, rule, or power of a sovereign.
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(of a polity) The state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.
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Sovereignty is authority to govern a state or a state that is self governing.

An example of sovereignty is the power of a king to rule his people.

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(of a ruler) Supreme authority over all things.
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A sovereign state or governmental unit.
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Supreme and independent political authority.
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Supreme dominion or authority; the total and supreme power of an independent state.
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The state or quality of being sovereign.
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A territory existing as an independent state.
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Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state.
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Origin of sovereignty

  • From Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin root *superānus (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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