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  1. tending to involve, or extending authority over, more than one nation; international; supranational.
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Origin of supernational

First recorded in 1910–15; super- + national
Related formssu·per·na·tion·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for supernational

Historical Examples of supernational

  • It is international, and independent in a supernational unity.

    The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)

    Robert G. Ingersoll

  • Diplomats are the legal representatives of nations—only there is no supernational court before which they can state their case.

    The World in Chains

    John Mavrogordato

  • The Chinese commonwealth of the past was supernational; it seemed to the Chinese like unified civilized humanity.

    Government in Republican China

    Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger

  • It is in the same sense extranational, in the same sense international, and has in the same sense a supernational unity.

  • In Das Kunstwerk der Zukunft he showed that beyond the "local nationalism" were signs of a "supernational universalism."

    Musicians of To-Day

    Romain Rolland

British Dictionary definitions for supernational


  1. a less common word for supranational
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Derived Formssupernationalism, nounsupernationalist, nounsupernationally, adverb
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