su·​pra·​na·​tion·​al | \ ˌsü-prə-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce supranational (audio) , -ˈna-shə-nᵊl, -ˌprä- \

Definition of supranational

: transcending national boundaries, authority, or interests a supranational authority, regulating ocean usage— N. H. Jacoby

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supranationality \ ˌsü-​prə-​ˌna-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce supranational (audio) , -​ˌprä-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Daphne told her children that the threat of returning to systemic corruption was mitigated by supranational safeguards. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Murder in Malta," 14 Dec. 2020 Until now, the EU as a bloc has largely avoided supranational debt — borrowing nothing in 2019 and only 5 billion euros in 2018, according to Reuters. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "EU moves forward with budget and stimulus package with approval from Hungary and Poland," 10 Dec. 2020 On the cultural account, the comparative success of the South Koreans, Taiwanese, and Singaporeans was understood to be an artifact of national—or even supranational—character, some signature constellation of attributes. Gideon Lewis-kraus, Wired, "How to Make Government Trustworthy Again," 18 June 2020 Issuers from more than 50 countries have sold green bonds including supranational institutions such as the World Bank and the EU’s European Investment Bank. Washington Post, "As Green Bonds Boom, So Do ‘Greenwashing’ Worries," 15 Oct. 2019 Snowden attacked Five Eyes as a supranational organization, unanswerable to democratic oversight by its respective national governments. Washington Post, "The 70-Year Spy Alliance the U.S. Says It May Cut Off," 1 July 2019 Globalism touts the supremacy of supranational bodies and accords—the United Nations, the Paris climate agreement and the like. Richard J. Shinder, WSJ, "The Davos Crowd Embraces Big Global Government," 26 Jan. 2020 This tension means that relatively young institutions like the EBA and ESMA serve as uneasy compromises that have the aura of supranational authority without the full means to wield it. Washington Post, "Europe’s Bank Defenses Look Like Swiss Cheese," 30 Apr. 2019 The real opportunity lies in major guarantors of the financial system, such as central banks and governments, committing to a supranational form of money. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Facebook Says Libra Isn’t Really a Currency After All," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of supranational

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Supranational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of supranational

formal : involving more than one country

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