Definition of sovereignty in English:


Line breaks: sov|er|eign¦ty
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒvrɪnti

noun (plural sovereignties)

[mass noun]
1Supreme power or authority: the sovereignty of Parliament
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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.
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.
1.2 [count noun] A 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.


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

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