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Definition of extraterritorial

: existing or taking place outside the territorial limits of a jurisdiction

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Recent Examples on the Web In North Alabama, Decatur is also worried about an extraterritorial jurisdiction rollback. al, "Alabama legislation looks to reign in police and planning jurisdictions," 21 Feb. 2021 PulteGroup was building a subdivision of more than 1,000 residential lots on 243 acres known as Davis Ranch in San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, which extends development controls 5 miles outside the city limits. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "‘Everything was there and then it wasn’t’: Developers allowed to skirt tree ordinance," 21 Jan. 2021 The expansion would add 136 acres and 552 single family units, just outside Loop 1604 and north of U.S. 90, in the city of San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County adds Medicaid expansion to its legislative goals for 2021," 10 Nov. 2020 Contributing to Grand Prairie’s length is a southern hook of land that stretches to Midlothian, over which Grand Prairie has extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), Sprinkles said. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "How did Grand Prairie become D-FW’s longest north-to-south city? Curious Texas investigates," 1 Oct. 2020 The extraterritorial nature of the security law, which purports to apply to anyone in the world, regardless of whether alleged offenses are committed in Hong Kong, has sparked alarm far beyond the city itself. James Griffiths, CNN, "As Hong Kong's academic year begins, it's unclear what can legally be said in a classroom -- and whether student activism is a thing of the past," 3 Sep. 2020 The law is also extraterritorial, meaning it can be applied to anyone in any country. The Economist, "Profs and loss China is killing academic freedom in Hong Kong," 23 Aug. 2020 The new law also contains abroad extraterritorial reach – meaning that their laws apply to anyone in the world, even those who have never gone near Hong Kong – and authorities have wasted no time in putting the provision to practice. Fox News, "China's national security law triggering radical transformation of Hong Kong's human rights," 14 Aug. 2020 From extraterritorial forays like the NATO training mission in Afghanistan to global counterterrorism, Luke Coffey, co-author of the report, told the Washington Examiner that NATO's scope must be renewed and narrowed. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "NATO must focus on core mission with Russia remaining relevant, says Heritage scholar," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of extraterritorial

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Extraterritorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extraterritorial. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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: existing or taking place outside the territorial limits of a jurisdiction

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