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Meaning of sovereignty by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈsɒv.ɹən.ti/, /ˈsɒv.ɹɪn.ti, X-SAMPA: /"sQv.r\@n.ti/, /"sQv.rIn.ti/


    sovereignty ( countable and uncountable; plural: sovereignties )

    1. ( of a nation ) The state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations .
    2. ( of a ruler ) Supreme authority over all things. ( as in an emperor, king, dictator, or God, ref. ‘King of kings, and Lord of lords’ )
    3. ( of self ) The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions .

Explanation of sovereignty by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the authority of a state to govern another state

    2. government free from external control

    3. royal authority

    Definition of sovereignty by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sovereignty n.; pl. Sovereignties [OE. soverainetee, OF. sovraineté, F. souveraineté.] The quality or state of being sovereign, or of being a sovereign; the exercise of, or right to exercise, supreme power; dominion; sway; supremacy; independence; also, that which is sovereign; a sovereign state; as, “Italy was formerly divided into many sovereignties”.

      Woman desiren to have sovereignty

      As well over their husband as over their love. Chaucer.