noun, plural sov·er·eign·ties.
Origin of sovereignty
Examples from the Web for sovereignty
“Sovereignty, I argued, cannot be conceived as the right to kill millions of innocent people,” Lemkin wrote in his notebooks.
It is now a so called Crown Dependency, meaning it falls under the sovereignty of the British Crown, but is not part of the U.K.
The tagline for the Museum is “Paz, Memoria, y Sobernía”: Peace, Memory and Sovereignty.The Never-Ending Falklands War: In Buenos Aires, A Museum's Selective History|Michael Luongo|August 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite competing claims made by the British government and nearby Antigua, the rock island maintained its sovereignty.So You Want to Rule a Kingdom? A Wacky History of One-Man Nations|Nina Strochlic|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The framers in 1787 were wary of sovereignty, and tried to divide, distance, check and balance its exercise.
For these and other reasons, your petitioners pray that Congress will establish its sovereignty over said Territory.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849|William Henry Gray
The remedy does not consist in the lessening or weakening of sovereignty by individual states.Under Four Administrations|Oscar S. Straus
The first argument in this pamphlet is founded on the sovereignty of the powers of Congress.
The right to exclude any or all classes of aliens is an attribute of sovereignty.Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|Grover Cleveland
He recognised the sovereignty of Cambyses, and sent that sum of money as the first proof of his submission.The History of Antiquity|Max Duncker
British Dictionary definitions for sovereignty
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for sovereignty
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.
Culture definitions for sovereignty
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.