Sov"er*eign*ty (?), n.; pl. Sovereignties (#). [OE. soverainetee, OF. sovrainet'e, F. souverainet'e.]

The quality or state of being sovereign, or of being a sovereign; the exercise of, or right to exercise, supreme power; dominion; sway; supremacy; independence; also, that which is sovereign; a sovereign state; as, Italy was formerly divided into many sovereignties.

Woman desiren to have sovereignty As well over their husband as over their love. Chaucer.


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