sovereign immunity

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Noun1.sovereign immunity - an exemption that precludes bringing a suit against the sovereign government without the government's consent; "the doctrine of sovereign immunity originated with the maxim that the king can do no wrong"
granting immunity, exemption, immunity - an act exempting someone; "he was granted immunity from prosecution"
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Prior to the terrorism exception's enactment, several courts had allowed suits against foreign governments under the noncommercial tort exception for tortuous--and arguably 'terrorist'-- acts occurring in the United States.