American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Invested with or conferring full powers: a plenipotentiary deputy.
- n. A diplomatic agent, such as an ambassador, fully authorized to represent his or her government.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Invested with, having, or bestowing full power: as, plenipotentiary authority; ministers plenipotentiary.
- n. (-riz.). A person invested with full power to transact any business; specifically, an ambassador or envoy to a foreign court, furnished with full powers to negotiate a treaty or to transact other business. A plenipotentiary is not necessarily accredited to any specified foreign court. Frequently meetings of plenipotentiaries for concluding peace, negotiating treaties, etc., are held in some neutral place, so that they may conduct their negotiations and despatch their business uninfluenced by any special power.
- n. Synonyms See ambassador, 1.
- n. A person invested with full power, especially as the diplomatic agent of a sovereign state, (originally) charged with handling a certain matter
- adj. Invested with full power.
- adj. Of or relating to a plenipotentiary agent
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A person invested with full power to transact any business; especially, an ambassador or envoy to a foreign court, with full power to negotiate a treaty, or to transact other business.
- adj. Containing or conferring full power; invested with full power
- n. a diplomat who is fully authorized to represent his or her government
- First attested in 1645. From medieval Latin plenipotentiarius, from plenipotentia 'full powers', from plenipotens, from plēnus ("full") + potentia ("power"). (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin plēnipotentiārius, from Late Latin plēnipotēns, plēnipotent-, invested with full power : Latin plēnus, full; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots + Latin potēns, powerful; see potent. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“It certainly does mean minister, but only a Minister of State, which a minister plenipotentiary is not.”
“Not that it would upset Alex-my husband, that is, the plenipotentiary-to be hailed as the rightful King when he returns.”
“Probably the biggest single change was the introduction of the telegraph in the middle of the 19th century, which meant that ambassadors were no longer truly "plenipotentiary", as they are still formally described, since they were within range of instructions and no longer had the necessity or the authority to stand in place of their sovereigns.”
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“In witness whereof we the undersigned, their ministers plenipotentiary, have in their name and in virtue of our full powers, signed with our hands the present definitive treaty and caused the seals of our arms to be affixed thereto.”
“The euro, in this context, was less a leap into the unknown than an attempt to return to an older discipline, one in which governments would not rely on plenipotentiary central banks to bail them out of their policy errors.”
“Since senators are elected by the state at-large, it logically follows that each and every senators is the plenipotentiary representation of his or her state.”
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