V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. self-governing and independent; 2. of supreme authority or power

Synonyms: independent, free, self-governing, ruling, autonomous, uncontrolled, dominant

Antonyms: dependent, occupied

Tips: Think of the related word reign, which means "to rule" or "to have governing power." Sovereign describes people or nations that reign over (govern) themselves. It's also a noun referring to a ruler.

Usage Examples:

The United States has no control over that country; it is a sovereign state. (independent, self-governing, self-ruling)

One of the priorities of the colonists was to establish a sovereign government. (independent, autonomous)

The region's Native American tribe is considered a sovereign nation. (self-governing, self-ruling, autonomous)

The sovereign presided over his nation without input from anyone else. (ruler, monarch) noun

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