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state sovereignty

state sovereignty

 
pronunciation:
steIt sav rihn ti [or] steIt sav r ihn ti
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the right or power of a nation-state to govern itself, with independence from outside control.
definition 2: the right or power of a U.S. state to govern itself independently of the control of the federal government. In the U.S. Constitution, states are granted sovereignty over all matters that are not specifically delegated to the federal government.