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 sovereigntya controversy between two sovereign s...the United States on the one hand and the State of California on the other — U.S. Code see also sovereign immunity at immunitysovereign 2 also sovran adj1: possessed of supreme powera sovereign ruler2: enjoying autonomysovereign states3: relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a sovereign
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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
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
autonomous (self governing), dominant, free (enjoying civil liberty), government (political administration), independent, master, national, nonpartisan, omnipotent, paramount, powerful, predominant, superlative
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
n.A ruler; a monarch or king; the supreme authority of a country.adj.sovereign
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 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. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.