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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sovereign \Sov"er*eign\ (? or ?; 277), a. [OE. soverain, sovereyn, OF. soverain, suvrain, F. souverain, LL. superanus, fr. L. superus that is above, upper, higher, fr. super above. See Over, Super, and cf. Soprano. The modern spelling is due to a supposed connection with reign.] 1. Supreme or highest in power; superior to all others; chief; as, our sovereign prince. [1913 Webster] 2. Independent of, and unlimited by, any other; possessing, or entitled to, original authority or jurisdiction; as, a sovereign state; a sovereign discretion. [1913 Webster] 3. Princely; royal. "Most sovereign name." --Shak. [1913 Webster] At Babylon was his sovereign see. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 4. Predominant; greatest; utmost; paramount. [1913 Webster] We acknowledge him [God] our sovereign good. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 5. Efficacious in the highest degree; effectual; controlling; as, a sovereign remedy. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Such a sovereign influence has this passion upon the regulation of the lives and actions of men. --South. [1913 Webster] Sovereign state, a state which administers its own government, and is not dependent upon, or subject to, another power. [1913 Webster]