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
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Examples from the Web for extraterritoriality

Historical Examples of extraterritoriality

  • 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
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Word Origin and History for extraterritoriality

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

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