plenipotentiary

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First attested in 1645. From medieval Latin plenipotentiarius, from plenipotentia 'full powers', from plenipotens, from plēnus (full) + potentia (power).

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  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌplɛn.ɪ.pəʊˈtɛn.ʃər.i/, /ˌplɛn.ɪ.pəʊˈtɛn.ʃi.ər.i/
  • (US) IPA(key): /plɛn.ɪ.poʊˈtɛn.ʃər.i/, /plɛn.ɪ.poʊˈtɛn.ʃi.ər.i/
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plenipotentiary (plural plenipotentiaries)

  1. A person invested with full power, especially as the diplomatic agent of a sovereign state, (originally) charged with handling a certain matter
    1985: Two of them are hanging up there on Golgotha, and that ought to be enough to show the authority of Rome’s ah plenipotentiary. — Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked

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plenipotentiary (not comparable)

  1. Invested with full power.
  2. Of or relating to a plenipotentiary agent

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