from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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
from The 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.
- n. Synonyms See ambassador, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a diplomat who is fully authorized to represent his or her government
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)
First attested in 1645. From medieval Latin plenipotentiarius, from plenipotentia 'full powers', from plenipotens, from plēnus ("full") + potentia ("power"). (Wiktionary)