|n.||1.||One who is potent; one who possesses great power or sway; a prince, sovereign, or monarch.|
|Noun||1.||potentate - a ruler who is unconstrained by law|
POTENTATE. One who has a great power over, an extended country; a sovereign.
2. By the naturalization laws, an alien is required, before he can be naturalized, to renounce all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereign whatever.