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Sovereignty (from Latin "super" meaning "over", also influenced by "reign") is the (right to have) supreme power, especially when referring to a territory, also including the right to have no interference from external powers.

"Popular sovereignty" may refer to the view that sovereignty derives from the people. In the United States, it may refer to the earlier view that the people of federal territories should decide for themselves whether their territories would enter the Union as non-slave or slave states.

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