plenipotentiary

[ plen-uh-puh-ten-shee-er-ee, -shuh-ree ]
/ ˌplɛn ə pəˈtɛn ʃiˌɛr i, -ʃə ri /

noun, plural plen·i·po·ten·ti·ar·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.

Nearby words

  1. plena,
  2. plenary,
  3. plenary indulgence,
  4. plench,
  5. plenipotent,
  6. plenish,
  7. plenitude,
  8. plenitudinous,
  9. pleno jure,
  10. plenteous

Origin of plenipotentiary

From the Medieval Latin word plēnipotentiārius, dating back to 1635–45. See plenipotent, -i-, -ary

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British Dictionary definitions for plenipotentiary

plenipotentiary

/ (ˌplɛnɪpəˈtɛnʃərɪ) /

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 plēnipotentiārius, from Latin plēnus full + potentia power

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Word Origin and History for plenipotentiary

plenipotentiary

adj.

1640s, from French plénipotentiaire and directly from Medieval Latin plenipotentiarius "having full power," from Late Latin plenipotens, from Latin plenus "full" (see plenary) + potentem "powerful" (see potent). As a noun from 1650s.

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