Sovereignty can describe the power of one state or thing over another or the freedom a state or thing has to control itself.

Look closely at the word sovereignty, and you will see it is all about who reigns, or rules. Although sovereignty is usually used in a political sense — particularly the power of nations, it can be used to describe personal control as well: If your mother insists upon your wearing wool hats in summertime, you might declare complete sovereignty over your wardrobe. The word is also occasionally used for the power of royalty, like a queen.

Definitions of sovereignty
  1. noun
    the authority of a state to govern another state
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    type of:
    authorisation, authority, authorization, dominance, potency, say-so
    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  2. noun
    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
    synonyms: reign
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    scepter, sceptre
    the imperial authority symbolized by a scepter
    type of:
    dominion, rule
    dominance or power through legal authority
  3. noun
    government free from external control
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    type of:
    self-determination, self-government, self-rule
    government of a political unit by its own people
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