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[soo-pruh-nash-uh-nl] /ˌsu prəˈnæʃ ə nl/
outside or beyond the authority of one national government, as a project or policy that is planned and controlled by a group of nations.
Origin of supranational
First recorded in 1905-10; supra- + national
Related forms
supranationalism, noun
supranationality, noun Unabridged
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  • True democracy, supra-national democracy, must take its stand against "imperialism masquerading as democracy."

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
  • Because of our population, however, we would have minority representation in any supra-national government now being planned.

  • All American advocates of supra-national government, or world government, claim their principal motive is to achieve world peace.

British Dictionary definitions for supra-national


/ˌsuːprəˈnæʃnəl; ˌsjuː-/
beyond the authority or jurisdiction of one national government: the supranational institutions of the EU
Derived Forms
supranationalism, noun
supranationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for supra-national

also supranational, 1871 (T.H. Huxley), from supra- + national. Cf. German supra-national (1865).

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