sovereignty


sovereignty
noun
ADJECTIVE
absolute, full, unlimited

Demonstrators demanded full sovereignty for the self-proclaimed republic.

limited
joint, shared (both esp. BrE)
national, popular
British, Japanese, etc.
consumer, economic, legal, parliamentary (esp. BrE), political, state, territorial, tribal

Native American tribal sovereignty

VERB + SOVEREIGNTY
exercise, have

China exercises sovereignty over Hong Kong.

share
claim, establish
give sb/sth, grant sb/sth
cede, give up, relinquish, surrender, transfer, turn over (esp. AmE)

In 1949 the Dutch ceded sovereignty of the Dutch East Indies to the Indonesian Republic.

recognize, respect

We must respect the sovereignty of member states.

threaten
violate
defend
SOVEREIGNTY + VERB
reside in sb/sth, reside with sb/sth

Sovereignty resides with the people.

PREPOSITION
sovereignty over

The treaty gave Edward III sovereignty over Calais and the whole of Aquitaine.

PHRASES
the handover of sovereignty, the return of sovereignty, the transfer of sovereignty

the handover of sovereignty to the new government

fears about the transfer of sovereignty to the European Union

the loss of sovereignty

Politicians were alarmed over the potential loss of national sovereignty.

the partial loss of sovereignty to supranational institutions

a claim to sovereignty

Two countries have a claim to sovereignty over the islands.

the sovereignty of Parliament (esp. BrE), the sovereignty of the people

This constitutes an attack on the sovereignty of Parliament.


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  • 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 …   Law dictionary

  • 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 — 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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