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sovereign (free)

Definition:

of political bodies, not controlled by outside forces

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more sovereign

Superlative:

most sovereign

Similar to:

free

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a sovereign state

Synonyms:

autonomous | independent | self-governing | ind. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin *superanus "chief, principal", from Latin...
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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Self-governance

an abstract concept that applies to several scales of organization. It may refer to personal conduct or family units but more commonly refers to larger scale activities, i.e., professions, industry bodies, religions and political units (usually... (36 of 847 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Self-governance

Collins Dictionary:

self-governing | self-government | self-control [archaic, sense-specific] | self-governed [adjective, derived]

governed or run by its own people rather than by outsiders | the government of a country, nation, etc, by its own people | the state of being ... (26 of 349 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/self-governing

Wiktionary:

autonomous | sovereign [synonym, sense-specific] | self-governing [synonym, sense-specific] | selfstanding [synonym, sense-specific] | self-directed [synonym, sense-specific] | heteronomous [antonym, sense-specific]

Self-governing. Intelligent, sentient, self-aware, thinking, feeling, Governing independently. | Acting on one's own or independently; of a child, acting without being governed by parental or guardian rules. | [Celtic linguistics, verb form] Used with... (32 of 83 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/autonomous

Merriam-Webster:

self-governing | autonomous [synonym] | freestanding [synonym] | independent [synonym] | self-governed [synonym] | self-ruling [synonym] | separate [synonym] | sovereign [synonym] | popular [self-governing]

having control or rule over oneself ; specifically, having self-government; "autonomous" (11 of 79 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/self-governing

Oxford Dictionary:

self-governing

exercising control over one's own affairs, in particular | (of a British hospital or school) having opted out of local authority control. | (of a ... (23 of 54 words, 3 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/self--governing

Cambridge Dictionary:

self-government | self-governing [adjective, derived]

the control of a country or an area by the people living there, or the control of an organization by a group of people independent of central or local ... (29 of 51 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/self-government

Random House Dictionary:

autocephalous [Eastern church] | self-governing [synonym, sense-specific]

[church] having its own head or chief bishop, though in communion with other Orthodox churches. | (of a bishop) subordinate to no superior authority; ... (23 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/autocephalous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

self-governing

something such as a country or organization that is self-governing controls itself (12 of 34 words)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/self-governing

New World Dictionary:

self-government | self-rule | self-governing [adjective, related]

government of a group by the action of its own members, as in electing representatives to make its laws (19 of 24 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/self-government

American Heritage Dictionary:

self-governing

Exercising control or rule over oneself or itself. | Having the right or power of self-government; autonomous. (16 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/self-governing

Columbia Encyclopedia:

autonomy

in a political sense, limited self-government, short of independence, of a political state or, more frequently, of a subdivision. The term is also ... (23 of 155 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0805418​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

self-governing

able to control your own actions and behavior | run by its own members, employees, or citizens, rather than being run from outside (22 of 37 words, 2 definitions)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861715889​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

sovereign

First use: late 13th century

Origin: Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin *superanus "chief, principal", from Latin super "over". Spelling influenced by ... (19 of 70 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=sovereign

Wiktionary:

sovereign | sovereigns [plural]

Origin: Old French soverain (whence also modern French souverain), from Vulgar Latin root *superānus (compare Italian sovrano, Spanish soberano) from Latin super ("above"). Spelling influenced by folk-etymology... (26 of 32 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/sovereign

Oxford Dictionary:

sovereign

Origin: Middle English: from Old French soverain, based on Latin super "above". The change in the ending was due to association with "reign"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/sovereign

Collins Dictionary:

sovereign

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French soverain, from Vulgar Latin superānus (unattested), from Latin super above; also influenced by reign

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/sovereign

American Heritage Dictionary:

sovereign

Origin: Middle English soverain, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *superānus, from Latin super, above; see uper in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sovereign

New World Dictionary:

sovereign

Origin: Middle English soveraine from Old French from Vulgar Latin *superanus from Latin super, above, "over"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/sovereign

Merriam-Webster:

sovereign [entry 1, noun] | sovran

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English soverain, from Anglo-French soverein, from soverein, adjective (see sovereign)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sovereign

sovereign [entry 2, adjective] | sovran

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English soverain, from Anglo-French soverein, from Vulgar Latin *superanus, from Latin super over, above

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/sovereign show=1

Encarta Dictionary:

sovereign | sovereigns [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French souverein from Vulgar Latin superanus from Latin super "above"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861710958​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

sovereign | sovereigns [plural]

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Collins Dictionary:

sovereign

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

sovereign [adjective]

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sovereign [countable] | sovereigns [plural]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

sovereign [adjective]

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sovereign [countable] | sovereigns [plural]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

sovereign [entry 3, usually before noun]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "sovereign"

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the Free Dictionary:

sovereign

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Google Dictionary:

sovereign | sovereigns [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

sovereign

Audio: North American pronunciation of "sovereign"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=sovere​01 word=sovereign

YourDictionary Audio:

sovereign

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freedictionary.org:

sovereign

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