sovereignty


sovereignty
sov·er·eign·ty also sov·ran·ty /'sä-vrən-tē, 'sə-, -və-rən-/ n pl -ties
1 a: supreme power esp. over a body politic
b: freedom from external control: autonomy
2: one that is sovereign; esp: an autonomous state

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

sovereignty
index bureaucracy, capacity (authority), dominance, dominion (supreme authority), hierarchy (persons in authority), home rule, influence, jurisdiction, polity, predominance, primacy, regime, supremacy

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


sovereignty
n.
The power by which a government rules its state or nation.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


sovereignty
in UK constitutional law, the doctrine that the monarch in Parliament is competent to make or unmake any law whatsoever and cannot be challenged in any court. The doctrine developed historically, its first major enunciation being in the bill of rights. Possible limitations are: (i) the Acts of Union; (ii) the inability of Parliament to bind its successors; (iii) territorial competence, being a practical limitation rather than a legal one.
By far the most significant restraint is found in the law of the European Union, which asserts its supremacy in matters subject to the Treaties. Enforcement of an Act of Parliament has been enjoined on the basis of conflict with European law: Factortame Ltd v. Secretary of State for Transport (No. 2) [1991] 1 All ER 70.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


sovereignty
n. Supreme dominion or authority; the total and supreme power of an independent state.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


sovereignty
The supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which an independent state is governed and from which all specific political powers are derived; the intentional independence of a state, combined with the right and power of regulating its internal affairs without foreign interference.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


sovereignty
The supreme, absolute, and uncontrollable power by which an independent state is governed and from which all specific political powers are derived; the intentional independence of a state, combined with the right and power of regulating its internal affairs without foreign interference.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Sovereignty — Sov er*eign*ty, n.; pl. {Sovereignties}. [OE. soverainetee, OF. sovrainet[ e], F. souverainet[ e].] The quality or state of being sovereign, or of being a sovereign; the exercise of, or right to exercise, supreme power; dominion; sway; supremacy; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sovereignty — mid 14c., pre eminence, from Anglo Fr. sovereynete, from O.Fr. souverainete, from soverain (see SOVEREIGN (Cf. sovereign)). Meaning authority, rule is recorded from late 14c.; sense of existence as an independent state is from 1715 …   Etymology dictionary

  • sovereignty — independence, freedom, autonomy, autarky, autarchy (see under FREE adj) Analogous words: *supremacy, ascendancy: command, sway, control, dominion, *power, authority …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sovereignty — [n] domination ascendancy, ascendant, dominance, dominion, jurisdiction, preeminence, prepotence, prepotency, primacy, supremacy, supreme power, sway; concept 299 Ant. submission …   New thesaurus

  • sovereignty — ► NOUN (pl. sovereignties) 1) supreme power or authority. 2) a self governing state …   English terms dictionary

  • sovereignty — [säv′rəntē, säv′ər intē; ] occas [.suv′rəntē, suv′ər intē] n. pl. sovereignties [ME soverainete < Anglo Fr sovereyneté, OFr souveraineté] 1. the state or quality of being sovereign 2. the status, dominion, rule, or power of a sovereign 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • Sovereignty — Sovereign redirects here. For other uses, see Sovereign (disambiguation). The frontispiece of Thomas Hobbes Leviathan, depicting the Sovereign as a massive body wielding a sword and crozier and composed of many individual people. Sovereignty is… …   Wikipedia

  • sovereignty — /sov rin tee, suv /, n., pl. sovereignties. 1. the quality or state of being sovereign. 2. the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign; royalty. 3. supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a …   Universalium

  • sovereignty — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ absolute, full, unlimited ▪ Demonstrators demanded full sovereignty for the self proclaimed republic. ▪ limited ▪ joint, shared …   Collocations dictionary

  • sovereignty — n. 1) to grant sovereignty 2) to establish sovereignty 3) to violate a country s sovereignty 4) sovereignty over * * * [ sɒvrɪntɪ] to establishsovereignty to grant sovereignty to violate a country s sovereignty sovereignty over …   Combinatory dictionary


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