Definition of sovereignty in English:

sovereignty

Syllabification: sov·er·eign·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈsäv(ə)rəntē
 
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noun (plural sovereignties)

  • 1Supreme power or authority: how can we hope to wrest sovereignty away from the oligarchy and back to the people?
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    • It was more than a legitimisation of sovereignty by Brahmanical ritual; it was an assertion of supreme sovereignty.
    • Here was the judicial reconciliation of Parliamentary sovereignty with the supremacy of EC law.
    • His life and his death taught all those that knew him of God's wisdom, grace, sovereignty and power.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1The authority of a state to govern itself or another state: national sovereignty
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    • In 1657 Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg, gained full sovereignty over the duchy.
    • The treaty grants Britain sovereignty over the sites in perpetuity.
    • Neither Spain nor Guatemala ever exercised effective sovereignty over the area.
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  • 1.2A self-governing state.
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    • Is ‘confederation’ just another word for two independent sovereignties talking to each other to coordinate, where possible, policy objectives and implementation?
    • It was not the supersession of one or several sovereignties by a single sovereignty, but a division and sharing of sovereignty.
    • Fifteen sovereignties cannot a foreign or military policy make, even though, were they to federate into one sovereignty, they could exert power equal to that of the United States.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French sovereinete, from soverain (see sovereign).

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