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Definition of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces

More rarely, a sovereign is a British coin used until 1914.
  • They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor's threats forced their decision.
sovereign = not controlled by outside forces
  • ...the first seven words of our Constitution—We the People of the United States —accurately reflect our founding belief that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed" and the fact that that the sovereign will of the people of the United States was expressed in the Constitution itself and in our ongoing system of government created by it.
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • The unlimited democracies were unstable because their citizens were not responsible for the fashion in which they exerted their sovereign authority ...
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • sovereign = power
  • All health, my sovereign lord!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • sovereign = title for a nation's ruler
  • Thou shalt have charge and sovereign trust herein.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • sovereign = supreme (that of the King)
  • conspiring with Camillo to take away the life of our sovereign lord the king,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter's Tale
  • sovereign = a nation's ruler or head of state
  • Sovereign of Egypt, hail!
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • sovereign = ruler (of the nation)
  • I Arrest thee of high treason, in the name of our most sovereign king.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • sovereign = supreme (the highest power — not controlled by outside forces)
  • Gracious sovereign
    William Shakespeare  --  All's Well That Ends Well
  • sovereign = a nation's ruler or head of state
  • The most persistent source of such clashes was the right of the sovereign to appoint bishops in his realm...
    Christianity - MSN Encarta  -- (retrieved 05/21/06)
  • It is not true that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality. Its sovereign law is subordination and dependence.
    Marquis de Vauvenargues
  • ...the idea of the sovereign legal equality of nation states has not played a significant role in the traditional international relations of non-Western societies.
    Samuel P. Huntington  --  Global Perspectives on War and Peace  --,filter.all/pub_detail.asp (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • NGOs [Non-Governmental Organizations] are also beginning to make decisions in the place of sovereign governments.
    John R. Bolton  --  American Justice and the International Criminal Court  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Good morrow to my sovereign king
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Richard III
  • The sovereign is not supposed to marry the thief.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • You're about to witness one of the biggest cover-ups in modern history, certainly among powerful sovereign nations.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Beg for an omen-bird, the courier dearest of all birds to Zeus and sovereign in power of flight, that he appear upon our right in heaven.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • King Zwelithini, supported by Chief Buthelezi, called for an autonomous and sovereign KwaZulu, and discouraged everyone in his province from voting.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Just because something bad happens doesn't mean that He stopped caring about you or that He stopped being sovereign.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • He smiled at their friendly grins and took a golden sovereign from his pocket and gave it to our 'Lizabeth Ellen" who was the oldest.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden

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