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What does sovereignty mean?

Submitted: 12/2/2006
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Question: What does the word 'sovereignty' mean?

Answer: Etymology: Middle English soverainte, from Anglo-French sovereinté, from soverein.

1 obsolete : supreme excellence or an example of it

2 a : supreme power especially over a body politic b : freedom from external control : AUTONOMY c : controlling influence

3 : one that is sovereign; especially : an autonomous state

See: www.m-w.com/dictionary/sovereignty