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ˈsɒv rɪn ti, ˈsʌv-sovereign·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sovereigntynoun

    government free from external control

  2. reign, sovereigntynoun

    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

  3. sovereigntynoun

    the authority of a state to govern another state

Wiktionary

  1. sovereigntynoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  2. sovereigntynoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  3. sovereigntynoun

    The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions.

    Etymology: 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. Sovereigntynoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. soverainetee, OF. sovrainet, F. souverainet.]

Freebase

  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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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sovereignty' in Nouns Frequency: #2679

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sovereignty in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sovereignty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sovereignty in a Sentence

  1. William Henry Harrison:

    Far different is the power of our sovereignty. It can interfere with no one's faith, prescribe forms of worship for no one's observance, inflict no punishment but after well-ascertained guilt, the result of investigation under rules prescribed by the Constitution itself.

  2. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez:

    The historic events we are living today will only make sense with the removal of the economic, commercial and financial blockade, which causes so much deprivation and damage to our people, the return of occupied territory in Guantanamo, and respect for the sovereignty of Cuba.

  3. Jiang Duan:

    China's enactment of laws in the Hong Kong special adminstrative region to safeguard national security is aimed at plugging loopholes...and effectively safeguarding national sovereignty and security, this is legitimate, legal and imperative.

  4. Douglas Holtz-Eakin:

    A control board independent enough would have to be basically imposed on Puerto Rico and infringe on its sovereignty and I think that's a problematic thing for the federal government to do.

  5. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We have expressed our support for the territorial integrity, political union and sovereignty of Ukraine, including Crimea, in every platform, we also wish for the continuation of Ukraine's stance of protecting the rights of all ethnic and religious minorities, especially Crimean Tatar Turks, who have proved their loyalty to their country during this crisis.

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