ETYM Old Eng. soverainetee, Old Fren. sovraineté, French souveraineté.
Government free from external control.
Absolute authority within a given territory. The possession of sovereignty is taken to be the distinguishing feature of the state, as against other forms of community. The term has an internal aspect, in that it refers to the ultimate source of authority within a state, such as a parliament or monarch, and an external aspect, where it denotes the independence of the state from any outside authority.
Vrhovna vlast, neograničena vlast; potpuna državna nezavisnost; neprikosnovenost.