|2.||the land governed by one ruler or government|
|3.||sphere of influence; area of control|
|4.||a name formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire|
|5.||theDominion New Zealand|
|6.||law a less common word for dominium|
|[C15: from Old French, from Latin dominium ownership, from dominus master]|
the status, prior to 1939, of each of the British Commonwealth countries of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Eire, and Newfoundland. Although there was no formal definition of dominion status, a pronouncement by the Imperial Conference of 1926 described Great Britain and the dominions as "autonomous communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate one to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs, though united by a common allegiance to the Crown and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations."
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