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-]


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


[eks-ter-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]


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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British Dictionary definitions for exterritoriality



a variant of extraterritorial
Derived Formsexterritoriality, nounexterritorially, adverb


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
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Word Origin and History for exterritoriality



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

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