ex·​tra·​ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌek-strə-ˌter-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce extraterritorial (audio) \

Definition of extraterritorial

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

Examples of extraterritorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doping should be handled within sports governing bodies rather than through the extraterritorial enforcement of an individual country’s laws. Dan Weil, WSJ, 12 May 2022 If enacted, this would infringe the freedom of interstate travel and effectively gut the jurisprudence of federalism, which denies the legitimacy of extraterritorial criminal law. Damon Linker, The Week, 25 Mar. 2022 Kashmir’s long struggle for secession validates the Hindu nationalist case that Muslims, with their extraterritorial loyalties, are an existential threat to Hindus and the integrity of India. Debasish Roy Chowdhury, Time, 30 Mar. 2022 The area is in San Antonio’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, meaning unincorporated land within 5 miles of the city’s boundaries. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Mar. 2022 The City Council last week approved the final reading of an ordinance that will establish a media production development zone in the city limits and its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Nov. 2021 Although the airport lies entirely on French territory, Switzerland enjoys some extraterritorial rights thanks to a special bilateral treaty which makes Euroairport, to many effects and purposes, a Swiss airport as well as a French one. Miquel Ros, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 The country whose government most actively enforces its extraterritorial law against foreign bribery is a vast haven for illicit wealth. Alexandra Wrage, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 In addition, the city is reviewing what kind of impacts a new Alabama law might have on extraterritorial jurisdictions – three-mile police jurisdiction and a five-mile planning jurisdiction. al, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of extraterritorial

1869, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Extraterritorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extraterritorial. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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ex·​tra·​ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌek-strə-ˌter-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əl How to pronounce extraterritorial (audio) \

Legal Definition of extraterritorial

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


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