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Sovereignty vs. Independence

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Main Difference

The main difference between Sovereignty and Independence is that the Sovereignty is a concept that a state or governing body has the right and power to govern itself without outside interference and Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state which exercises self-government, and usually sovereignty, over the territory.

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  • Sovereignty (noun)

    The state of making laws and controlling resources without the coercion of other nations.

  • Sovereignty (noun)

    Supreme authority over all things.

  • Sovereignty (noun)

    The liberty to decide one's thoughts and actions.

  • Independence (noun)

    The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.

  • Independence (noun)

    The state of having sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

Wiktionary
  • Sovereignty (noun)

    supreme power or authority

    "the sovereignty of Parliament"

  • Sovereignty (noun)

    the authority of a state to govern itself or another state

    "national sovereignty"

  • Sovereignty (noun)

    a self-governing state.

  • Independence (noun)

    the fact or state of being independent

    "I've always valued my independence"

    "Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1816"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Sovereignty (noun)

    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.

  • Independence (noun)

    The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one's own affairs without interference.

  • Independence (noun)

    Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.

Webster Dictionary
  • Sovereignty (noun)

    government free from external control

  • Sovereignty (noun)

    royal authority; the dominion of a monarch

  • Independence (noun)

    freedom from control or influence of another or others

  • Independence (noun)

    the successful ending of the American Revolution;

    "they maintained close relations with England even after independence"

  • Independence (noun)

    a city in western Missouri; the beginning of the Santa Fe Trail

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