• (RP) IPA: /ˈsɒv.ɹən.ti/, /ˈsɒv.ɹɪn.ti/


  1. (of a polity) The state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.
    • 2019, Manuel Valls, What have Britain and Catalonia got in common? Delusions of independence ↗ in the Guardian
      In today’s interconnected economies and societies, a formal independence is the opposite of gaining real sovereignty and control. This is because the excluded party would be absent from the table when decisions are made, unable to participate as choices are taken that, sooner or later, will affect them.
  2. (of a ruler) Supreme authority over all things.
  3. (of a person) The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions.
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