WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of sovereignty 1300–50; Middle English soverainte
Old French soverainete
), equivalent to
-ete -ty 2 Related forms self-sov·er·eign·ty, noun su·per·sov·er·eign·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for self-sovereignty 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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Word Origin and History for self-sovereignty n.
mid-14c., "pre-eminence," from Anglo-French
sovereynete, Old French souverainete, from soverain (see sovereign (adj.)). Meaning "authority, rule, supremacy of power or rank" is recorded from late 14c.; sense of "existence as an independent state" is from 1715.
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self-sovereignty in Culture 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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