ex·​tra·​ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al·​i·​ty ˌek-strə-ˌter-ə-ˌtȯr-ē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce extraterritoriality (audio)
: exemption from the application or jurisdiction of local law or tribunals

Examples of extraterritoriality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The extraterritoriality is in line with the approach taken under Hong Kong’s national security law, which covers everyone on earth. Mary Hui, Quartz, 21 July 2021 To this day, the palace belongs to the Vatican, and enjoys extraterritoriality, as the Vatican flag fluttering from its façade shows. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, 17 Apr. 2020 One answer was extraterritoriality: Cushing sought a guarantee that Americans accused of crimes on Chinese soil would be tried in American courts. Yoni Wilkenfeld, Quartz, 6 Nov. 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, 9 July 2018 The new law would resolve the extraterritoriality question in the government’s favor, likely rendering the Supreme Court case moot. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2018 Using the concept of extraterritoriality, signatory countries passed laws banning bribery by their companies both at home and aboard, and the OECD-ABC monitored the enforcement of these laws. Nathan M. Jensen and Edmund J. Malesky, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of extraterritoriality was in 1836

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“Extraterritoriality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extraterritoriality. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition


ex·​tra·​ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al·​i·​ty ˌek-strə-ˌter-ə-ˌtōr-ē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce extraterritoriality (audio)
: exemption from the application or jurisdiction of local law or tribunals

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