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territoriality

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noun ter·ri·to·ri·al·i·ty \-ˌtȯr-ē-ˈa-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of territoriality

  • : the behavior of animals or people that try to keep others away from an area that they use or control

Full Definition of territoriality

  1. 1 :  territorial status

  2. 2a :  persistent attachment to a specific territoryb :  the pattern of behavior associated with the defense of a territory

Examples of territoriality

  1. a scientific study of territoriality in bears



1864

First Known Use of territoriality

1864


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