• WordNet 3.6
    • n sovereignty the authority of a state to govern another state
    • n sovereignty government free from external control
    • n sovereignty royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sovereignty 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 . "Woman desiren to have sovereignty As well over their husband as over their love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sovereignty The state or character of being sovereign or a sovereign.
    • n sovereignty Specifically—(a ) Mastery; control; predominance.
    • n sovereignty The rule or sway of a monarch; royal or imperial power.
    • n sovereignty Supremacy or dominion; hegemony: applied to the relation between a powerful state and other states or regions: as, Rome's sovereignty over the East; Great Britain holds the sovereignty of the seas. The supreme, absolute, uncontrollable power by which any state is governed (Cooley); the political authority, whether vested in a single individual or in a number of individuals, to order and direct what is to be done by each individual in relation to the end and object of the state (Halleck). It is essential to the modern conception of sovereignty that it should be exclusive of any other human superior authority, should be wielded by a determinate person or organization of persons, and should be on the whole habitually obeyed by the bulk of the community. Thus, in the United States, sovereignty is vested in the body of adult male citizens. The claim that each State—that is, the adult male free citizens of each State—possessed a separate sovereignty was one of the elements of controversy involved in the civil war.
    • n sovereignty A state, community, or political unit possessing independent power.
    • n sovereignty (f ) Supremacy in excellence; supreme excellence.
    • n sovereignty Efficacy; especially, medicinal efficacy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sovereignty supreme power: dominion
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  • Seneca
    “Sovereignty over any foreign land is insecure.”
  • Mario Vargas Llosa
    Mario Vargas Llosa
    “Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.”
  • Albert Pike
    Albert Pike
    “The sovereignty of one's self over one's self is called Liberty.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “Men live by intervals of reason under the sovereignty of humor and passion.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    “The moon and other celestial bodies should be free for exploration and use by all countries. No country should be permitted to advance a claim of sovereignty.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. soverainetee, OF. sovraineté, F. souveraineté,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sovrain—Low L. superanus—L. super, supra, above.


In literature:

The convention accepted Douglas's popular sovereignty as its platform, but nominated Buchanan as its candidate.
"Expansion and Conflict" by William E. Dodd
Woman's sovereignty has been long deferred, because of the preparation necessary for it.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863" by Various
Generations of Spanish misrule in that Island had produced a recurrence of the many attempts to throw off the sovereignty of Spain.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
It is the emblem of conquest and sovereignty.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
I. Liberty, Equality And Sovereignty Of The People.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Complete Linked Table of Contents to the Six Volumes" by Hippolyte A. Taine
To him Federalism was nothing and State Sovereignty was nothing but the keeping of the commandments of the people.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
Is not our Government based upon the sovereignty of the people?
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Davis fully accepted the theory of State sovereignty which won general favor in the South.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Governmental sovereignty, like travel and trade, had come to ignore state lines.
"America First" by Various
Acquired sovereignty is absolute, for the same reasons as instituted sovereignty.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various

In poetry:

The signs which God to Gideon gave,
His holy Sovereignty made known;
That He alone has pow'r to save,
And claims the glory as his own.
"Gideon's Fleece" by John Newton
"Where in mild and friendly clime
You will lose all count of time,
See the seasons blend in one,
Under sovereignty of sun;
Day with day resolve in rhyme,
Reveries and nothing done.
"Escape" by Robert W Service
So hopeless is the world without;
The world within I doubly prize;
Thy world, where guile, and hate, and doubt,
And cold suspicion never rise;
Where thou, and I, and Liberty,
Have undisputed sovereignty.
"To Imagination" by Emily Jane Bronte
"Swing up the traitor!" Who shall dare
Henceforth to taint Virginia's air
With freedom's word or honor's breath?
Behold for such a traitor's death.
As symbol of her sovereignty
Virginia hoists the gallows-tree.
"Old John Brown" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
He gives her homeliness in desert air,
And sovereignty in spaciousness; he leads
Through widening chambers of surprise to where
Throbs rapture near an end that aye recedes,
Because his touch is infinite and lends
A yonder to all ends.
"Hymn To Colour" by George Meredith
For like a law of nature in my blood
I feel thy sweet and secret sovereignty,
And woven through my soul thy vital sign.
My life is but a wave, and thou the flood;
I am a leaf and thou the mother-tree;
Nor should I be at all, were I not thine.
"Patria" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

Leverage in disputes comes from tribe's sovereignty.
Merkel, Sarkozy to Europe: shelve your sovereignty, save the euro.
Called for the formation of a Slovak state in the eastern third of Czechoslovakia and voiced support for a declaration of sovereignty put forward last week by nationalist groups, witnesses said.
That will require a tradeoff — sovereignty for economic stability.
A Taiwanese travel agency yesterday announced that it will cancel all tour services to Japan and stop serving Japanese tourists due to the recent disputes with Tokyo over sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islands (???
The general definition of "Sovereignty" is the supreme authority within a territory.
More than four years ago, as part of my efforts to promote and protect tax competition, fiscal sovereignty, and financial privacy, I narrated this video explaining the economic benefits of so-called tax havens.
The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center opened its doors at Cal State San Marcos last November.
Argentina 's President Cristina Fernandez delivers a speech during a ceremony to commemorate the Sovereignty Day in San Pedro, Argentina , Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012.
Texas Governor Rick Perry opposes the provisions "because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state.".
Sovereignty Attack in the US Senate.
Here's an edited excerpt from my interview with Gov Rick Perry, in which he talks about his plans to continue a national conversation about state sovereignty .
CA Protects Sovereignty & Safeguards Arctic.
Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, introduced legislation in the House of Commons on Jan 28 to enhance Canada's sovereignty over Arctic waters and protect them from pollution.
Arizona voters to decide state sovereignty .

In science:

Canadians - - for trade, cultural vitality and national sovereignty.
National Information Infrastructure Development in Canada and the U.S.: Redefining Universal Service and Universal Access in the Age of Techno-Economic Convergence
The Treaty bypasses issues of sovereignty by not recognising any territorial claims made while the Treaty is in force.
Astronomy in Antarctica