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 (sŏv′ər-ĭn, sŏv′rĭn)
1. One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit, as:
a. A king, queen, or other noble person who serves as chief of state; a ruler or monarch.
b. A national governing council or committee.
2. A nation that governs territory outside its borders.
3. A gold coin formerly used in Great Britain.
1. Self-governing; independent: a sovereign state.
2. Having supreme rank or power: a sovereign prince.
3. Paramount; supreme: Her sovereign virtue is compassion.
a. Of superlative strength or efficacy: a sovereign remedy.
b. Unmitigated: sovereign contempt.

[Middle English soverain, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *superānus, from Latin super, above; see uper in Indo-European roots.]

sov′er·eign·ly adv.
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The contracting authority sovereignly choose whether to retain this additional provision in its contract award decision.
Representative masculinity, in this sense, means two things: first, the pater familias' legitimate claim to sovereignty regulates family members' conduct among themselves--violently, if need be--and second, that he sovereignly decides on behalf of the family in his interaction with other representative men (Brown 1995, 181).
43-44, Plotinus says that the One has [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], which Armstrong translates as "the most authentic mastery among the things which come after it," while Lavuad translates the passage as "the One is sovereignly the master of what comes after it.
Derya went up to the rostrum and read the official oath, which reads: "I do swear upon my honour and dignity that I shall preserve the existence, rights and sovereignly (sic) exercised powers of the State within the United Cyprus Republic; that I shall be bound by the principle of the supremacy of law and by the principles of a democratic secular state, social justice and the principles of AtatE-rk; that I shall work for the welfare and happiness of my people; that I shall not depart from the ideal that every citizen must benefit from human rights and that I shall remain loyal to the Constitution.
Regional judging stressed the fact that for years Zarko Radulovic has been number one person in hotel industry of the region, the winner of the only award for hotelier and tourism business in South-Eastern and Central Europe while the hotel Splendid is sovereignly ruling the hotel industry as the best hotel, with the best service, quality of accommodation and complementary tourist services.
Assessing the EU's stance, the Hezbollah leader saw that the decision was not sovereignly made by the Europeans.
That the individual states sovereignly existed prior to their Union stood prima facie to many; a majority of them had individually to ratify the Constitution before it took effect for any of them.
What is here called an 'aesthetic'," writes Balthasar, "is therefore characterized as something properly theological, namely, as the reception, perceived with the eyes of faith, of the self-interpreting glory of the sovereignly free love of God.