Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Word of the Year is...

extraterritoriality

or exterritoriality

[ek-struh-ter-i-tawr-ee-al-i-tee or eks-ter-i-tawr-ee-al-i-tee; -tohr-] /ˈɛk strəˌtɛr ɪˌtɔr iˈæl ɪ ti or ˈɛksˌtɛr ɪˌtɔr iˈæl ɪ ti; -ˌtoʊr-/
noun
1.
immunity from the jurisdiction of a nation, granted to foreign diplomatic officials, foreign warships, etc.
2.
the applicability or exercise of a sovereign's laws outside its territory.
Origin of extraterritoriality
1830-1840
1830-40; extra- + territoriality

exterritorial

[eks-ter-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌɛks tɛr ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
Origin
1850-55; ex-1 + territorial
Related forms
exterritoriality, noun
exterritorially, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for exterritoriality
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for exterritoriality

exterritorial

/ˌɛkstɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
a variant of extraterritorial
Derived Forms
exterritoriality, noun
exterritorially, adverb

extraterritoriality

/ˌɛkstrəˌtɛrɪˌtɔːrɪˈælɪtɪ/
noun (international law)
1.
the privilege granted to some aliens, esp diplomats, of being exempt from the jurisdiction of the state in which they reside
2.
the right or privilege of a state to exercise authority in certain circumstances beyond the limits of its territory
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for exterritoriality

extraterritoriality

n.

also extra-territoriality, 1803, from extraterritorial (from extra- + territorial) + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for extraterritoriality

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for exterritoriality

0
26
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for exterritoriality