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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sov·er·eign·ty n.; pl. Sovereignties   The quality or state of being sovereign, or of being a sovereign; the exercise of, or right to exercise, supreme power; dominion; sway; supremacy; independence; also, that which is sovereign; a sovereign state; as, Italy was formerly divided into many sovereignties.
 Woman desiren to have sovereignty
 As well over their husband as over their love.   --Chaucer.