Word of the Day: PLENIPOTENTIARY

1plen·i·po·ten·tia·ry

adjective \ˌple-nə-pə-ˈten(t)-sh(ə-)rē, -shē-ˌer-ē\

Definition of PLENIPOTENTIARY

1:  invested with full power
2:  of or relating to a plenipotentiary

Origin of PLENIPOTENTIARY

Medieval Latin plenipotentiarius, adjective & noun, from Late Latin plenipotent-, plenipotens

First Known Use: circa 1645

2plenipotentiary

noun

: a person (such as a diplomat) who has complete power to do business for a government

plural plenipotentiaries

Full Definition of PLENIPOTENTIARY

:  a person and especially a diplomatic agent invested with full power to transact business

First Known Use of PLENIPOTENTIARY

circa 1656

role in diplomacy

  • TITLE: diplomacy
    SECTION: India
    …policy (peace, war, nonalignment, alliances, shows of force, and double-dealing). To execute policies derived from these strategic geometries, ancient India fielded three categories of diplomats (plenipotentiaries, envoys entrusted with a single issue or mission, and royal messengers); a type of consular agent (similar to the Greek proxenos), who was…
  • TITLE: diplomacy
    SECTION: Diplomacy of the Roman Catholic church
    …matters on their own. To meet this need, in the 12th century the concept of a procurator with plena potens (full powers) was revived from Roman civil law. This plenipotentiary could negotiate and conclude an agreement, but, unlike a nuncius, he could not represent his principal ceremonially. As a result, one emissary…
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