[ joor-is-dik-shuhn ]
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  1. the right, power, or authority to administer justice by hearing and determining controversies.

  2. power; authority; control: He has jurisdiction over all American soldiers in the area.

  1. the extent or range of judicial, law enforcement, or other authority: This case comes under the jurisdiction of the local police.

  2. the territory over which authority is exercised: All islands to the northwest are his jurisdiction.

Origin of jurisdiction

1250–1300; Middle English <Latin jūris dictiōn- stem of jūris dictiō (see jus, diction); replacing Middle English jurediccioun<Old French juredicion<Latin, as above

Other words from jurisdiction

  • ju·ris·dic·tion·al, adjective
  • ju·ris·dic·tive, adjective
  • ju·ris·dic·tion·al·ly, adverb
  • pre·ju·ris·dic·tion, noun
  • su·per·ju·ris·dic·tion, noun

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How to use jurisdiction in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for jurisdiction


/ (ˌdʒʊərɪsˈdɪkʃən) /

  1. the right or power to administer justice and to apply laws

  2. the exercise or extent of such right or power

  1. power or authority in general

Origin of jurisdiction

C13: from Latin jūrisdictiō administration of justice; see jus, diction

Derived forms of jurisdiction

  • jurisdictional, adjective
  • jurisdictionally, adverb
  • jurisdictive, adjective

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