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plenipotentiary

[ plen-uh-puh-ten-shee-er-ee, -shuh-ree ]
/ 藢pl蓻n 蓹 p蓹藞t蓻n 蕛i藢蓻r i, -蕛蓹 ri /
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noun, plural plen路i路po路ten路ti路ar路ies.
a person, especially a diplomatic agent, invested with full power or authority to transact business on behalf of another.
adjective
invested with full power or authority, as a diplomatic agent.
conferring or bestowing full power, as a commission.
absolute or full, as power.
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Origin of plenipotentiary

From the Medieval Latin word pl膿nipotenti膩rius, dating back to 1635鈥45. See plenipotent, -i-, -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for plenipotentiary

plenipotentiary
/ (藢pl蓻n瑟p蓹藞t蓻n蕛蓹r瑟) /

adjective
(esp of a diplomatic envoy) invested with or possessing full power or authority
conferring full power or authority
(of power or authority) full; absolute
noun plural -aries
a person invested with full authority to transact business, esp a diplomat authorized to represent a countrySee also envoy 1 (def. 1)

Word Origin for plenipotentiary

C17: from Medieval Latin pl膿nipotenti膩rius, from Latin pl膿nus full + potentia power
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