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From Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin root *superānus (cf. Italian sovrano, Spanish soberano) from Latin super (“above”). Plus the Latinate English suffix -ty. Spelling influenced by folk-etymology association with reign.
- (of a nation) The state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.
- (of a ruler) Supreme authority over all things.
- (of a person) The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions.
of a nation: the state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.
of ruler or God: supreme authority over all things
of self: the liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions
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