ex·​tra·​ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌek-strə-ˌter-ə-ˌtȯr-ē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce extraterritoriality (audio) \

Definition of extraterritoriality

: exemption from the application or jurisdiction of local law or tribunals

Examples of extraterritoriality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "A brief and Catholic history of one of the 21st century’s favorite words: propaganda," 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, "From tea to iPhones, US-China trade tensions span centuries," 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, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh: In His Own Words," 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, "Congress may have just nixed a Supreme Court case on digital privacy.," 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, "This is what helps stop big corporations from bribing politicians," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of extraterritoriality

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Extraterritoriality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extraterritoriality. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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ex·​tra·​ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌek-strə-ˌter-ə-ˌtōr-ē-ˈa-lə-tē How to pronounce extraterritoriality (audio) \

Legal Definition of extraterritoriality

: exemption from the application or jurisdiction of local law or tribunals

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