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sovereign

sov·er·eign

sovereign

 
 
pronunciation:
sav rn [or] sa v rihn [or] suhv rn [or] suh v rihn
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a monarch or other royal ruler.
Queen Victoria was England's sovereign for most of the nineteenth century.
synonyms:
monarch
similar words:
king
definition 2: a gold coin worth one pound sterling, used before 1914 in Great Britain.
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having supreme political power or authority.
The king was the sovereign ruler of the country until he was forced to share power with an elected parliament.
synonyms:
governing, regnant, ruling, supreme
similar words:
absolute, imperial
definition 2: having the power of self-government, as a state or country.
South Africa is a sovereign nation.
synonyms:
autonomous, independent
similar words:
free
definition 3: most important or significant; supreme; paramount.
Voting is our sovereign responsibility as citizens.
synonyms:
paramount, predominant, principal, supreme
similar words:
cardinal, chief, dominant, foremost, highest, leading, main, prime, uppermost
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derivation: sovereignly (adv.)
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  country, government, monarchy, power