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Sovereign state

Sovereign \Sov"er*eign\ (? or ?; 277), a. [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.]

  1. Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince.

  2. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion.

  3. Princely; royal. ``Most sovereign name.''

    At Babylon was his sovereign see.

  4. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount.

    We acknowledge him [God] our sovereign good.

  5. Efficacious in the highest degree; effectual; controlling; as, a sovereign remedy.

    Such a sovereign influence has this passion upon the regulation of the lives and actions of men.

    Sovereign state, a state which administers its own government, and is not dependent upon, or subject to, another power.

Sovereign state

In international law, a sovereign state is a nonphysical juridical entity that is represented by one centralised government that has sovereignty over a geographic area. International law defines sovereign states as having a permanent population, defined territory, one government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other sovereign states.See the following:

  • It is also normally understood that a sovereign state is neither dependent on nor subjected to any other power or state.See the following:

The existence or disappearance of a state is a question of fact. While according to the declarative theory of statehood, a sovereign state can exist without being recognised by other sovereign states, unrecognised states will often find it hard to exercise full treaty-making powers and engage in diplomatic relations with other sovereign states.

Usage examples of "sovereign state".

To the requirement of every sovereign state to exert control over the behavior of its citizens, to keep them orderly and reasonably docile.

Patrons and clients, members of the club and its satellites, they form a league which plays the part of a sovereign State, scarcely recognizing, even in words, the authority of the central government.

Internal self-government was granted in 2040, and the Dual Kingdom of Sparta was recognized as a sovereign state by the Grand Senate in 2062.

And these nations, though they might not believe that Romulus was a god, at least said so, that they might not give offence to their sovereign state by refusing to give its founder that title which was given him by Rome, which had adopted this belief, not by a love of error, but an error of love.

The constitution of an independent sovereign state had to stand on its own merits, not serve merely as a secondary component of a larger, overarching structure.

This new colony will be a de facto sovereign state, holding title to the entire Moon, and-listen closely!

The Golden Rule, being a privately-owned company not chartered by any sovereign state (i.

On February 22nd the President declared a state of full emergency internally and sent his Peace Proclamation to the head of every sovereign state.