Definition of plenipotentiary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌplenɪpəˈtenʃəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌplenɪpəˈtenʃəri//
, also NAmE//ˌplenɪpəˈtenʃieri//
(pl. plenipotentiaries) (specialist)
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a person who has full powers to take action, make decisions, etc. on behalf of their government, especially in a foreign country He was promoted from minister plenipotentiary to full ambassador. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin plenipotentiarius, from plenus ‘full’ + potentia ‘power’.

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