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extraterritoriality

[ ek-struh-ter-i-tawr-ee-al-i-tee ]
/ ˈɛk strəˌtɛr ɪˌtɔr iˈæl ɪ ti /
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noun

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.

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Also ex·ter·ri·to·ri·al·i·ty [eks-ter-i-tawr-ee-al-i-tee] /ˈɛksˌtɛr ɪˌtɔr iˈæl ɪ ti/ .

Origin of extraterritoriality

First recorded in 1830–40; extra- + territoriality
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Example sentences from the Web for extraterritoriality

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

    Government in Republican China|Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger

British Dictionary definitions for extraterritoriality

extraterritoriality
/ (ˌɛkstrəˌtɛrɪˌtɔːrɪˈælɪtɪ) /

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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