[ sov-rin-tee, suhv- ]
/ ˈsɒv rɪn ti, ˈsʌv- /
noun, plural sov·er·eign·ties.
the quality or state of being sovereign, or of having supreme power or authority.
the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign;royal rank or position; royalty.
supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a state or community.
rightful status, independence, or prerogative.
a sovereign or independent state, community, or political unit.
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Origin of sovereignty
OTHER WORDS FROM sovereigntyself-sov·er·eign·ty, nounsu·per·sov·er·eign·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-sovereignty
/ (ˈsɒvrəntɪ) /
noun plural -ties
supreme and unrestricted power, as of a state
the position, dominion, or authority of a sovereign
an independent state
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Cultural definitions for self-sovereignty
[ (sov-ruhn-tee, sov-uhr-uhn-tee) ]
A nation or state's supreme power within its borders. A government might respond, for example, to criticism from foreign governments of its treatment of its own citizens by citing its rights of sovereignty.
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