[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
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Examples from the Web for 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for extraterritoriality
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper