noun U.S. History.
(used contemptuously by its opponents) popular sovereignty(def 2).
Words nearby squatter sovereignty
Origin of squatter sovereignty
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for squatter sovereignty
This was logical, but it made the "squatter-sovereignty" doctrine ridiculous.
Here was the germ of "squatter-sovereignty," afterward developed by Mr. Douglas in his Kansas-Nebraska bill.
British Dictionary definitions for squatter sovereignty
a derogatory term for popular sovereignty
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