the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.
a territory, usually of considerable size, in which a single rulership holds sway.
lands or domains subject to sovereignty or control.
Government. a territory constituting a self-governing commonwealth and being one of a number of such territories united in a community of nations, or empire: formerly applied to self-governing divisions of the British Empire, as Canada and New Zealand.
dominions, Theology, domination ( def 3 ).

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin *dominiōn- (stem of *dominiō) lordship, equivalent to Latin domin(ium) dominium + -iōn- -ion

interdominion, adjective
self-dominion, noun Unabridged
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dominion (dəˈmɪnjən)
1.  rule; authority
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]

dominium or (rarely) dominion (dəˈmɪnɪəm)
property law the ownership or right to possession of property, esp realty
[C19: from Latin: property, ownership; see dominion]
dominion or (rarely) dominion
[C19: from Latin: property, ownership; see dominion]

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c.1430, from M.Fr. dominion, from M.L. dominionem (nom. dominio), from L. dominionem "ownership" (see domination). British sovereign colonies often were called dominions, hence the Dominion of Canada, the formal title after the 1867 union, and Old Dominion, the popular
name for the U.S. state of Virginia, first recorded 1778.
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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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Example sentences
There is only one state that has sovereignty and dominion over their lives.
State enjoyed the same dominion status as Canada, which was also an independent
In the Everglades, man would learn the limits of that dominion.
Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend.
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