[ ter-i-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr- ]
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  1. of or relating to territory or land.

  2. of, pertaining to, associated with, or restricted to a particular territory or district; local.

  1. pertaining or belonging to the territory of a state or ruler.

  2. (of an animal) characterized by territoriality; defending an area against intruders, especially of the same species.

  3. Often Territorial . of or relating to a territory of the United States.

  4. Territorial, Military. organized on a local basis for home defense: the British Territorial Army.

  1. Territorial, a member of the British Territorial Army.

  2. a soldier in a territorial army.

Origin of territorial

First recorded in 1615–25; from Late Latin territōriāli; see territory, -al1

Other words from territorial

  • ter·ri·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • non·ter·ri·to·ri·al, adjective
  • non·ter·ri·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • pre·ter·ri·to·ri·al, adjective
  • qua·si-ter·ri·to·ri·al, adjective
  • qua·si-ter·ri·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • sub·ter·ri·to·ri·al, adjective

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How to use territorial in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for territorial (1 of 2)


/ (ˌtɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəl) /

  1. of or relating to a territory or territories

  2. restricted to or owned by a particular territory: the Indian territorial waters

  1. local or regional

  2. pertaining to a territorial army, providing a reserve of trained men for use in emergency

Derived forms of territorial

  • territorially, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for Territorial (2 of 2)


/ (ˌtɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəl) /

  1. a member of a territorial army, esp the British Army's Territorial and Volunteer Reserve

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