- a person, especially a diplomatic agent, invested with full power or authority to transact business on behalf of another.
- invested with full power or authority, as a diplomatic agent.
- conferring or bestowing full power, as a commission.
- absolute or full, as power.
Origin of plenipotentiary
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Examples from the Web for plenipotentiary
Thomas Jefferson came over to Paris as plenipotentiary in his stead.Benjamin Franklin
Paul Elmer More
"Bismarck is my tool, my plenipotentiary," he declared to his friends.Dreamers of the Ghetto
And my uncle was there in his official capacity as a a plenipotentiary.
He was the plenipotentiary of a powerful religious order—no matter.
As a plenipotentiary extraordinary I admit I'm a teetotal failure.Sundry Accounts
Irvin S. Cobb
- (esp of a diplomatic envoy) invested with or possessing full power or authority
- conferring full power or authority
- (of power or authority) full; absolute
- a person invested with full authority to transact business, esp a diplomat authorized to represent a countrySee also envoy 1 (def. 1)
C17: from Medieval Latin plēnipotentiārius, from Latin plēnus full + potentia power
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Word Origin and History for plenipotentiary
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