1. outside or beyond the authority of one national government, as a project or policy that is planned and controlled by a group of nations.

Origin of supranational

First recorded in 1905–10; supra- + national
Related formssu·pra·na·tion·al·ism, nounsu·pra·na·tion·al·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for supra-nationalism


  1. beyond the authority or jurisdiction of one national governmentthe supranational institutions of the EU
Derived Formssupranationalism, nounsupranationally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for supra-nationalism

also supranationalism, 1901, from supranational + -ism.

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