[ duh-min-yuhn ]
/ dəˈmɪn yən /
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the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.
rule; control; domination.
a territory, usually of considerable size, in which a single rulership holds sway.
lands or domains subject to sovereignty or control.
Government. a territory constituting a self-governing commonwealth and being one of a number of such territories united in a community of nations, or empire: formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire, as Canada and New Zealand.
dominions, Theology. domination (def. 3).



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Origin of dominion

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French <Medieval Latin *dominiōn- (stem of *dominiō) lordship, equivalent to Latin domin(ium) dominium + -iōn--ion
in·ter·do·min·ion, adjectiveself-do·min·ion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dominion

/ (dəˈmɪnjən) /


rule; authority
the land governed by one ruler or government
sphere of influence; area of control
a name formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire
theDominion New Zealand
law a less common word for dominium
C15: from Old French, from Latin dominium ownership, from dominus master
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