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sovereign

adjective [before noun] (GOVERNMENT)    /ˈsɒv.ər.ɪn/ US  /ˈsɑːv.rən/
having the highest power or being completely independent : Sovereign power is said to lie with the people in some countries , and with a ruler in others . We must respect the rights of sovereign states / nations to conduct their own affairs .Politics
(Definition of sovereign adjective (GOVERNMENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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