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or ex·ter·ri·to·ri·al·i·ty

[ek-struh-ter-i-tawr-ee-al-i-tee or eks-ter-i-tawr-ee-al-i-tee; -tohr-]
  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.
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Origin of extraterritoriality

First recorded in 1830–40; extra- + territoriality


[eks-ter-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]
  1. extraterritorial.
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Origin of exterritorial

First recorded in 1850–55; ex-1 + territorial
Related formsex·ter·ri·to·ri·al·i·ty, nounex·ter·ri·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of exterritoriality

  • They also enjoy “exterritoriality,” in the sense and to the extent hereinafter mentioned and a certain number of immunities.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 3


  • The consideration due to him consists in honours, inviolability, and exterritoriality.

  • And nobody can deny that, if exterritoriality is not granted, all kinds of friction and even conflicts might arise.

  • The second privilege of envoys in reference to their exterritoriality is their exemption from criminal and civil jurisdiction.

  • The seventh and last privilege of envoys in reference to their exterritoriality is self-jurisdiction within certain limits.

British Dictionary definitions for exterritoriality


  1. a variant of extraterritorial
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Derived Formsexterritoriality, nounexterritorially, adverb


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
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Word Origin and History for exterritoriality



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

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