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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Sovereignty'

Sovereignty Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    sovereignty n
  1. government free from external control
  2. royal authority; the dominion of a monarch [syn: reign]
Sovereignty Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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; 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. --Chaucer.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Sovereignty'

Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory.

Different cultures and governments have, understandably, had different ideas about sovereignty.

The Roman jurist Ulpian observed that:

Ulpian was expressing the idea that the Emperor exercised a rather absolute form of sovereignty, although he did not use the term expressly. Ulpian's statements were known in medieval Europe, but sovereignty was not an important concept in medieval times. Medieval monarchs were not sovereign, at least not strongly so, because they were constrained by, and shared power with, their feudal aristocracy. Furthermore, both were strongly constrained by custom.

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* Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided-not half and half, not 60-40, not 75-25, nothing. - Golda Meir

* It was no Insurrection or Rebellion, or even Civil War in any proper sense of these terms... The war... was a war between States regularly organized into two separate Federal Republics... In the beginning, and throughout the contest, the object of the 'Confederates' was to maintain the separate Sovereignty of each State, and the right of self-government, which that necessarily carries with it. The object of the 'Federals,' on the contrary, was to maintain a Centralized Sovereignty over all the States on both sides. This was the fundamental principle involved in the Conflict, which must be kept continually in mind. - Alexander Hamilton Stephens

* Just what is it that America stands for If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people. - Woodrow Wilson

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  • ‘Defend sovereignty at all costs’
    MIRI: THERE is no turning back for Sarawak and Sabah from its inclusion in Malaysia and the Federal Government will spare no effort to defend the sovereignty of the two states. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his speech in conjunction with the national-level Malaysia Day celebration here last night, also issued a stern warning against those who tried to Read more on this news related to 'Sovereignty'
  • Boko Haram attacks 'a challenge to sovereignty': Nigeria
    Nigeria's military on Friday accepted that it was facing an uphill battle to stem the tide of Boko Haram violence, calling the insurgency a threat to national sovereignty. The United States on Thursday voiced concern about deteriorating security, with the Islamists reportedly in charge of the town of Bama in Borno state, near the state capital Maiduguri. " Read more on this news related to 'Sovereignty'
  • UK-Scotland currency union incompatible with sovereignty - Carney
    Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said a currency union between an independent Scotland and the remainder of the United Kingdom would be incompatible with sovereignty, dealing a blow to Scottish nationalists ahead of next week's referendum on independence. Carney, speaking at a conference of trade union leaders, recalled a speech he made in January in which Read more on this news related to 'Sovereignty'

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