sovereignty

[ 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

1300–50; Middle English soverainte < Anglo-French sovereynete (Old French soverainete), equivalent to soverain sovereign + -ete -ty2

OTHER WORDS FROM sovereignty

self-sov·er·eign·ty, nounsu·per·sov·er·eign·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-sovereignty

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

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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