plenipotentiary
I. adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin plenipotentiarius, adjective & noun, from Late Latin plenipotent-, plenipotens Date: circa 1645 1. invested with full power 2. of or relating to a plenipotentiary II. noun (plural -ries) Date: circa 1656 a person and especially a diplomatic agent invested with full power to transact business

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  • Plenipotentiary — Plen i*po*ten ti*a*ry, a. Containing or conferring full power; invested with full power; as, plenipotentiary license; plenipotentiary ministers. Howell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plenipotentiary — [plen΄i pō ten′shē er΄ē, plen΄i pō ten′shə rē] adj. [ML plenipotentiarius < LL plenipotens, possessing full power < L plenus, FULL1 + potens, powerful] having or conferring full power or authority [an ambassador plenipotentiary] n. pl.… …   English World dictionary

  • Plenipotentiary — Plen i*po*ten ti*a*ry (pl[e^]n [i^]*p[ o]*t[e^]n sh[i^]*[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. {Plenipotentiaries}. [LL. plenipotentiarius: cf. F. pl[ e]nipotentiaire.] A person invested with full power to transact any business; especially, an ambassador or envoy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plenipotentiary — I noun advocate, agent, ambassador, assistant, broker, chancellor, coagent, consul, delegate, deputy, diplomat, diplomatic agent, emissary, envoy, factor, internuncio, legate, lieutenant, messenger, official representative, proctor, provost,… …   Law dictionary

  • plenipotentiary — 1640s, from M.L. plenipotentiarius having full power, from L. plenus full (see PLENARY (Cf. plenary)) + potentem powerful (see POTENT (Cf. potent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • plenipotentiary — ► NOUN (pl. plenipotentiaries) ▪ a person appointed by a government to act on its behalf with full and independent power. ► ADJECTIVE 1) having full power to take independent action. 2) (of power) absolute. ORIGIN from Latin plenus full +… …   English terms dictionary

  • Plenipotentiary — The word plenipotentiary (from the Latin, plenus + potens , full + power) has two meanings.As a noun, it refers to a person who has full powers . In particular, the term commonly refers to a diplomat who is fully authorized to represent their… …   Wikipedia

  • plenipotentiary — [[t]ple̱nɪpəte̱nʃəri, AM ʃieri[/t]] plenipotentiaries also Plenipotentiary 1) N COUNT A plenipotentiary is a person who has full power to make decisions or take action on behalf of their government, especially in a foreign country. [FORMAL]… …   English dictionary

  • plenipotentiary — UK [ˌplenɪpəˈtenʃərɪ] / US [ˌplenɪpəˈtenʃɪˌerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms plenipotentiary : singular plenipotentiary plural plenipotentiaries formal a representative of a government in a foreign country who has been given complete authority to… …   English dictionary

  • plenipotentiary — 1. noun /ˌplɛn.ɪ.pəʊˈtɛn.ʃər.i,ˌplɛn.ɪ.pəʊˈtɛn.ʃi.ər.i,plɛn.ɪ.poʊˈtɛn.ʃər.i,plɛn.ɪ.poʊˈtɛn.ʃi.ər.i/ A person invested with full power, especially as the diplomatic agent of a sovereign state, (originally) charged with handling a certain matter… …   Wiktionary

  • plenipotentiary — noun (C) formal or technical someone who has full power to take action or make decisions, especially as a representative of their government in a foreign country plenipotentiary adjective: plenipotentiary powers …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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