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[sov-rin-tee, suhv-] /ˈsɒv rɪn ti, ˈsʌv-/
noun, plural sovereignties.
the quality or state of being sovereign, or of having supreme power or authority.
the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign;royal rank or position; royalty.
supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a state or community.
rightful status, independence, or prerogative.
a sovereign or independent state, community, or political unit.
Origin of sovereignty
1300-50; Middle English soverainte < Anglo-French sovereynete (Old French soverainete), equivalent to soverain sovereign + -ete -ty2
Related forms
self-sovereignty, noun
supersovereignty, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sovereignty
  • But his desire to maintain the nation's sovereignty likely influenced his decision.
  • The importance of national sovereignty feels different when your enemy sits on the other side of a wall.
  • We live in a post military world where land holdings do not insure security or sovereignty.
  • In joining the euro, countries had to surrender some sovereignty.
  • But it would not challenge the sovereignty of either state, he says, nor would it be based on ethnicity.
  • But for a government so fiercely insistent on the inviolability of its own sovereignty, this was a big step.
  • Of course, a defaulting country may regard such intrusions as an unacceptable violation of its sovereignty.
  • Most of them are still far too touchy about sovereignty to agree on any meaningful pooling of it.
  • The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them.
  • Now, today, the common interest is more important than each individual nation's sovereignty.
British Dictionary definitions for sovereignty


noun (pl) -ties
supreme and unrestricted power, as of a state
the position, dominion, or authority of a sovereign
an independent state
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Word Origin and History for sovereignty

mid-14c., "pre-eminence," from Anglo-French sovereynete, Old French souverainete, from soverain (see sovereign (adj.)). Meaning "authority, rule, supremacy of power or rank" is recorded from late 14c.; sense of "existence as an independent state" is from 1715.

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sovereignty in Culture
sovereignty [(sov-ruhn-tee, sov-uhr-uhn-tee)]

A nation or state's supreme power within its borders. A government might respond, for example, to criticism from foreign governments of its treatment of its own citizens by citing its rights of sovereignty.

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sovereignty in the Bible

of God, his absolute right to do all things according to his own good pleasure (Dan. 4:25, 35; Rom. 9:15-23; 1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 4:11).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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