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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-/
immunity from the jurisdiction of a nation, granted to foreign diplomatic officials, foreign warships, etc.
the applicability or exercise of a sovereign's laws outside its territory.
Origin of extraterritoriality
First recorded in 1830-40; extra- + territoriality Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • extraterritoriality placed Westerners in China solely under the jurisdiction of their respective national representatives.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • "It certainly would impair, shall we say, the principle of extraterritoriality of Embassies," Stonehenge picked it up.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for extraterritoriality


noun (international law)
the privilege granted to some aliens, esp diplomats, of being exempt from the jurisdiction of the state in which they reside
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
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Word Origin and History for extraterritoriality

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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