ex·​tra·​ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al ˌek-strə-ˌter-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce extraterritorial (audio)
: existing or taking place outside the territorial limits of a jurisdiction

Examples of extraterritorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Canada, after all, was accusing a fellow (albeit flawed) democracy of engineering an extraterritorial killing on its soil in a clear violation of Canadian sovereignty, to say nothing of international human-rights law. Yasmeen Serhan, Time, 2 Oct. 2023 American unilateral or extraterritorial enforcement regimes have historically failed to meet their objectives and have damaged U.S. geopolitical alliances. Ben Harburg, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2023 But Lee insisted that extraterritorial power exists in the security laws of many countries. Kanis Leung, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2023 One couple, Jay and Lynn Bender, spoke about city officials regarding lack of notification about roadways for this project going through their property, which is located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Susan McFarland, Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2023 About 800 acres of the property sit in the city of Midlothian, with the remainder split between the extraterritorial jurisdictions of Midlothian and Waxahachie. Mitchell Parton, Dallas News, 27 July 2023 The state is the only one with extraterritorial areas for police services outside of city limits. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, 11 July 2023 The move quickly drew criticism from the US and British governments, which took issue with the extraterritorial application of the security law. Kanis Leung, BostonGlobe.com, 4 July 2023 More specifically, the court agreed to hear Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital to determine if the FSIA prevented Argentina’s creditors from using the discovery process in litigation to find the country’s extraterritorial assets. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 21 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extraterritorial was in 1869

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“Extraterritorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extraterritorial. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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ex·​tra·​ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al ˌek-strə-ˌter-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əl How to pronounce extraterritorial (audio)
: existing or taking place outside the territorial limits of a jurisdiction
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