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Definition of extraterritorial

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

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Though Chinese officials denounce America as a bully with a long reach, some scholars wonder whether China might one day begin issuing more extraterritorial judgments of its own. The Economist, "A belt-and-road court dreams of rivalling the West’s tribunals," 6 June 2019 But as the Supreme Court has explained, the mere fact that statutory language could plausibly apply to extraterritorial conduct does not suffice to overcome the presumption against extraterritoriality. Ashby Jones, WSJ, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh: In His Own Words," 9 July 2018 Also on Wednesday, the European Commission updated its blocking statute, a mechanism that bans companies in the European Union from complying with extraterritorial legislation adopted by a third country. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Europe Asks U.S. for an Exemption From Sanctions on Iran," 6 June 2018 Tomball’s annexation takes the property, which is also known as the Willow Cree campus, out of the city of Houston’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Tomball annexes 375-acre site of new Harris County service center," 22 May 2018 The new community is in Baytown's extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ, and within the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood Development to build community for 1,400 homes in Baytown," 9 May 2018 The European Commission has invoked the same argument to impose a digital tax on Silicon Valley tech giants, which the Trump Administration has denounced as an extraterritorial tax grab. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Interstate Tax Grab," 15 Apr. 2018 China’s covert extraterritorial activity suggests that foreign governments are right to be cautious about deepening ties in law-enforcement. The Economist, "China’s law-enforcers are going global," 28 Mar. 2018 He was acquitted on charges of providing support to terrorists and conspiring to commit extraterritorial murder of a U.S. national. Jacques Billeaud, azcentral, "Man convicted in Phoenix of making bomb parts used in U.S. troop attacks," 16 Mar. 2018

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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

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