Definitions for sovereigntyˈsɒv rɪn ti, ˈsʌv-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sov•er•eign•tyˈsɒv rɪn ti, ˈsʌv-(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. the quality or state of being sovereign.

    Category: Government

  2. the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign; royalty.

    Category: Government

  3. supreme and independent power or authority in a state.

    Category: Government

  4. rightful status, independence, or prerogative.

  5. a sovereign state, community, or political unit.

    Category: Government

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sovereignty(noun)

    government free from external control

  2. reign, sovereignty(noun)

    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

  3. sovereignty(noun)

    the authority of a state to govern another state


  1. sovereignty(Noun)

    The state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.

  2. sovereignty(Noun)

    Supreme authority over all things. (as in an emperor, king, dictator, or God, ref. u2018King of kings, and Lord of lordsu2019)

  3. sovereignty(Noun)

    The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions.

  4. Origin: From soverain, from root *superānus (cf. Italian sovrano, Spanish soberano) from Latin super. Plus the Latinate English suffix -ity. Spelling influenced by folk-etymology association with reign.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sovereignty(noun)

    the quality or state of being sovereign, or of being a sovereign; the exercise of, or right to exercise, supreme power; dominion; sway; supremacy; independence; also, that which is sovereign; a sovereign state; as, Italy was formerly divided into many sovereignties


  1. Sovereignty

    Sovereignty is the quality of having independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory. It can be found in a power to rule and make laws that rests on a political fact for which no pure legal definition can be provided. In theoretical terms, the idea of "sovereignty", historically, from Socrates to Thomas Hobbes, has always necessitated a moral imperative on the entity exercising it. For centuries past, the idea that a state could be sovereign was always connected to its ability to guarantee the best interests of its own citizens. Thus, if a state could not act in the best interests of its own citizens, it could not be thought of as a “sovereign” state. The concept of sovereignty has been discussed throughout history, from the time of the Romans through to the present day. It has changed in its definition, concept, and application throughout, especially during the Age of Enlightenment. The current notion of state sovereignty contains four aspects consisting of territory, population, authority and recognition. According to Stephen D. Krasner, the term could also be understood in four different ways: ⁕domestic sovereignty – actual control over a state exercised by an authority organized within this state,

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