- 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
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.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
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 Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
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
August 30, 2014
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
July 17, 2014
The framers in 1787 were wary of sovereignty, and tried to divide, distance, check and balance its exercise.One U.S. Constitution Just Wasn’t Enough
July 4, 2014
We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.
All the money, all the sovereignty, would be his; he henceforth would reign.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
And whether he would or not nobody could tell; it was all sovereignty.The American Mind
But the duration of their sovereignty was as a summer cloud or morning dew.
It came about through Don John of Austria's dreams of sovereignty.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
- supreme and unrestricted power, as of a state
- the position, dominion, or authority of a sovereign
- an independent state
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.
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.