[ soo-pruh-nash-uh-nl ]
/ ˌsu prəˈnæʃ ə nl /
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outside or beyond the authority of one national government, as a project or policy that is planned and controlled by a group of nations.
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Origin of supranational

First recorded in 1905–10; supra- + national

OTHER WORDS FROM supranational

su·pra·na·tion·al·ism, nounsu·pra·na·tion·al·i·ty, noun
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What does supranationalism mean?

Supranationalism is the idea or practice of separate national governments coming together to form institutions and/or create policies that have authority or jurisdiction over the member nations.

A prominent example of supranationalism in action is the European Union, which is an association of European countries that creates common economic and legal policies. Supranationalism should not be confused with supernationalism, which is extreme nationalism, an excessive loyalty to or promotion of the advancement of one’s country. It is also different than internationalism, the general principle of cooperation among nations.

Example: Supranationalism has allowed for the creation of institutions that help to police crimes that go beyond international borders.

Where does supranationalism come from?

The first record of supranationalism is from the early 1900s. The word supranational is recorded slightly earlier, in the 1840s. Supranationalism has three components: the prefix supra- (meaning “above” or “outside the limits of”), national (“relating to a nation as a whole”), and the suffix -ism (indicating a theory or practice).

A supranational union transcends the power of individual governments, which makes it different from many international groups, in which member nations maintain their ability to override or simply ignore international legislation. In the European Union, nearly 30 member nations make political and economic decisions that affect all members of the group on topics like trade, travel, and currency, among other things.

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  • supranational (adjective)
  • supranationally (adverb)

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How is supranationalism used in real life?

Supranationalism is often used when people discuss the power or the decisions of the supranational union that their country is a part of.


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Supranationalism is the same as internationalism.

British Dictionary definitions for supranational

/ (ˌsuːprəˈnæʃnəl, ˌsjuː-) /

beyond the authority or jurisdiction of one national governmentthe supranational institutions of the EU

Derived forms of supranational

supranationalism, nounsupranationally, adverb
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