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Perfect control in right of ownership. The word implies both title and possession and appears to require a complete retention of control over disposition. Title to an article of property, which arises from the power of disposition and the right of claiming it. Sovereignty; as in the dominion of the seas or over a territory.

In Civil Law, with reference to the title to property that is transferred by a sale of it, dominion is said to be either proximate or remote, the former being the kind of title vesting in the purchaser when he or she has acquired both the ownership and the possession of the article, the latter describing the nature of the title when he or she has legitimately acquired the ownership of the property but there has been no delivery.


(Absolute ownership), noun claim, control, deed, demesne, domain, freehold, holding, interest, lawful possession, manor, ownership, possession, possessorship, power of disposal, property, proprietorship, right, right of possession, right to property, rightful possession, seisin, stake, territory, title
Associated concepts: act of dominion


(Supreme authority), noun ascendancy, authority, command, control, dicio, dominance, domination, eminent domain, empery, government, grip, hegemony, hold, imperium, jurisdiction, lordship, management, mastery, potestas, power, primacy, regency, reign, rule, sovereignty, supremacy, sway
See also: administration, agency, ambit, bailiwick, circuit, clout, control, coverage, demesne, domain, dominance, force, hegemony, influence, interest, jurisdiction, occupancy, occupation, ownership, possession, power, predominance, primacy, province, realm, regime, scope, strength, supervision, supremacy, territory

DOMINION. The right of the owner of a thing to use it or dispose of it at his pleasure. See Domain; 1 White's New Coll. 85; Jacob's Intr. 39.

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9) J E S Fawcett, The Inter Se Doctrine of Commonwealth Relations (Athlone Press, 1958) 22-3; Arthur Berriedale Keith, The Sovereignty of the British Dominions (Macmillan and Co, 1929) 286.
One and a quarter million women in the British Isles are expected to leave the homeland to go to the British Dominions.
But direct appeals issued by the Colonial Office in October and December 1915 urging indigenous populations in British Dominions to enlist caused Canadian officials to formally encourage Indian mobilization, a policy change that stimulated a dramatic increase in Aboriginal recruits.
Indigenous Peoples of the British Dominions and the First World War by Timothy C.
Throughout Anzac and Empire Connor also provides comparisons of Australian political developments with other British dominions, in particular Canada and New Zealand.
Then there was Britain, which first declared in 1883 that it assumed no sovereignty over Borneo, but then five years later made a protectorate of North Borneo, and finally in 1946 (10 days after Philippine independence, mind you), annexed North Borneo as part of the British Dominions, in spite of formal reminders in the interim by the US government that Sabah (the other name of North Borneo) was not Britain's, but belonged to the Sultanate of Sulu.
Subsequent research has mostly focused on the political and strategic expansion of the western powers' influence across Asia, Africa and South America, as well as in the British dominions.
See also, Arthur B Keith, The Sovereignty of the British Dominions (1929) 2: 'Until the war of 1914-18 .
Elizabeth the Second, By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Queen, Defender of the Faith.
In 1853, Queen Victoria signed the declaration which started the Crimean War: "Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, Ireland, Berwick-upon-Tweed and the British Dominions beyond the sea.
Booth introduced an elaborate social scheme which included a large-scale emigration programme to transfer some of these people to the British Dominions as a panacea for those who endured economic and social hardship.
But the rest of the world knew that Edward VIII of Great Britain, Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the seas, King Emperor of India, was besotted by a foreign woman with a somewhat shady past - and that the country trembled on the brink of the greatest constitutional crisis of the century.

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