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imperium definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised [syn: empire, imperium]
2: supreme authority; absolute dominion

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin more at empire Date: 1651 1. a. supreme power or absolute dominion ; control b. empire 1 c. empire 2 2. the right to command or to employ the force of the state ; sovereignty

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. absolute power or authority. Etymology: L, = command, authority

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Imperium Im*pe"ri*um, n.; pl. Imperia. [L. See Empire.] 1. Supreme power; absolute dominion; empire. 2. (Law) The right to command, which includes the right to employ the force of the state to enforce the laws. It is one of the principal attributes of the executive power.



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