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extraterritoriality

[ ek-struh-ter-i-tawr-ee-al-i-tee ]

noun

  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.


extraterritoriality

/ ˌɛkstrəˌtɛrɪˌtɔːrɪˈælɪtɪ /

noun

  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 History and Origins

Origin of extraterritoriality1

First recorded in 1830–40; extra- + territoriality
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Example Sentences

"It certainly would impair, shall we say, the principle of extraterritoriality of Embassies," Stonehenge picked it up.

Extraterritoriality placed Westerners in China solely under the jurisdiction of their respective national representatives.

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