Plenipotentiary [ ˌplɛn ə pəˈtɛn ʃiˌɛr i, -ʃə ri ]
A plenipotentiary (from the Latin plenus "full" and potens "powerful") is a diplomat who has full powers—authorization to sign a treaty or convention on behalf of his or her sovereign. When used as a noun more generally, the word plenipotentiary can also refer to any person who has full powers. When used an adjective, plenipotentiary describes something which confers full powers, such as an edict or an assignment.
- a person, especially a diplomatic agent, invested with full power or authority to transact business on behalf of another.
- invested with full power or authority, as a diplomatic agent.
- conferring or bestowing full power, as a commission.
- absolute or full, as power.
- (esp of a diplomatic envoy) invested with or possessing full power or authority
- conferring full power or authority
- (of power or authority) full; absolute
- a person invested with full authority to transact business, esp a diplomat authorized to represent a country