Definition of Dominion

1. Noun. Dominance or power through legal authority. "The rule of Caesar"

Exact synonyms: Rule
Generic synonyms: Ascendance, Ascendancy, Ascendence, Ascendency, Control, Dominance
Specialized synonyms: Paramountcy, Raj, Reign, Sovereignty, Suzerainty
Derivative terms: Dominate, Rule

2. Noun. A region marked off for administrative or other purposes.

3. Noun. One of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth.

Definition of Dominion

1. n. Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling; independent right of possession, use, and control; sovereignty; supremacy.

Definition of Dominion

1. Proper noun. Any of the self-governing nations of the British Commonwealth. ¹

2. Noun. power or the use of power; sovereignty over something. ¹

3. Noun. a kingdom, nation, or other sphere of influence. ¹

4. Noun. (historical) One of the colonies of the British Empire given self-government through the Statute of Westminster, such as Canada or Newfoundland. ¹

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Definition of Dominion

1. supreme authority [n -S]

Medical Definition of Dominion

1. 1. Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling; independent right of possession, use, and control; sovereignty; supremacy. "I praised and honored him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion." (Dan. Iv. 34) "To choose between dominion or slavery." (Jowett (Thucyd)) 2. Superior prominence; predominance; ascendency. "Objects placed foremost ought . . . Have dominion over things confused and transient." (Dryden) 3. That which is governed; territory over which authority is exercised; the tract, district, or county, considered as subject; as, the dominions of a king. Also used figuratively; as, the dominion of the passions. 4. A supposed high order of angels; dominations. See Domination. "By him were all things created . . . Whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers." (Col. I. 16) Synonym: Sovereignty, control, rule, authority, jurisdiction, government, territory, district, region. Origin: LL. Dominio, equiv. To L. Dominium. See Domain, Dungeon. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Dominion

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. International Law: A Treatise by Lassa Oppenheim (1920)
"dominion of the Law of Nations is the name Range of given to the area within which International Law is applicable—that is, those States between which ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, Sir Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1909)
"Simultaneously with the decay and disruption of this mighty rulership a new dominion began to grow and spread in its place ; and the rise of the British ..."

3. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes (1904)
"In this condition of meer Nature, either the Parents between themselves dispose of the dominion over the Child by Contract; or do not dispose thereof at all ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"[154] Parliament of the dominion of Canada, assented to May 25, 1883 (46 Victoria, chap. 19), the original term of the Canadian patent was actually fifteen ..."

5. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1841)
"State of Rome from the twelfth century—Temporal dominion of the popes—Seditions of the city—Political heresy of Arnold of Brescia—Restoration of the ..."

6. The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"(GMW) When federation was accomplished in 1867 the dominion of Canada comprised only ... This birthday of the dominion has been fixed by statute as a public ..."

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