sovereignty

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɒv.ɹən.ti/, /ˈsɒv.ɹɪn.ti

Noun[edit]

sovereignty (countable and uncountable, plural sovereignties)

  1. (of a polity) The state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.
  2. (of a ruler) Supreme authority over all things.
  3. (of a person) The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions.

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