sov·er·eign 1 /'sä-vrən, 'sə-, -və-rən/ also sov·ran /-vrən/ n: a person or political entity (as a nation or state) possessing or held to possess sovereignty
a controversy between two sovereign s...the United States on the one hand and the State of California on the otherU.S. Code see also sovereign immunity at immunity
sovereign 2 also sovran adj
1: possessed of supreme power
a sovereign ruler
2: enjoying autonomy
sovereign states
3: relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a sovereign

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

I (absolute) adjective authoritative, chief, commanding, controlling, dominant, governing, hegemonic, hegemonical, imperial, influential, leading, master, most powerful, paramount, potent, powerful, predominant, prepollent, prepotent, regent, regnant, reigning, royal, ruling, supreme II (independent) adjective at liberty, autonomous, enjoying liberty, enjoying political independence, exempt from external authority, free, liberated, politically independent, removed from bondage, self-determined, self-directing, self-governed, self-ruling, sui iuris, unattached, unbound, unconquered, uncontrolled, unenslaved, unrestricted, unsubjected, unvanquished associated concepts: sovereign right, sovereign states III index autonomous (self governing), dominant, free (enjoying civil liberty), government (political administration), independent, master, national, nonpartisan, omnipotent, paramount, powerful, predominant, superlative

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A ruler; a monarch or king; the supreme authority of a country.

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

n. A person, state, or group that is preeminent and independent of the will of others; the ruler of an autocratic state.
See also sovereignty.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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