Definitions for Dominiondəˈmɪn yən
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dominance or power through legal authority
"France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa"; "the rule of Caesar"
district, territory, territorial dominion, dominion(noun)
a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
power or the use of power; sovereignty over something.
a kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence.
(historical) One of the colonies of the British Empire given self-government through the Statute of Westminster, such as Canada or Newfoundland.
Any of the self-governing nations of the British Commonwealth.
Origin: From dominion, from dominion, from dominio, equiv. to dominium, from dominus, from domus. See domain, demain, demesne.
sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling; independent right of possession, use, and control; sovereignty; supremacy
superior prominence; predominance; ascendency
that which is governed; territory over which authority is exercised; the tract, district, or county, considered as subject; as, the dominions of a king. Also used figuratively; as, the dominion of the passions
a supposed high order of angels; dominations. See Domination, 3
Dominions were autonomous polities that were nominally under British sovereignty, constituting the British Empire and British Commonwealth, beginning in the later part of the 19th century. They have included Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, the Union of South Africa, and the Irish Free State. Over the decades after 1930, the British dominions each became independent of the United Kingdom. Those that became sovereign constitutional monarchies within the Commonwealth of Nations and maintained as their own the same royal house and royal succession from before independence became known as Commonwealth realms; others soon became republics, ending their status as dominions. The term "dominion" was also used in the names of certain Commonwealth realms; these included India, Pakistan, Ceylon, Kenya, and others.
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