su·​pra·​na·​tion·​al ˌsü-prə-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce supranational (audio)
: transcending national boundaries, authority, or interests
a supranational authority, regulating ocean usageN. H. Jacoby
supranationality noun

Examples of supranational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brussels officials argue that Poland’s efforts to disregard EU court decisions and challenge legislation could set precedents that undermine bloc-wide rules—such as those governing the single market—and defang the supranational courts that police EU law. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2021 By contrast, ‘supranational’ institutions exist apart from individual nation-states, with powerful secretariats and binding rules. Martin Daunton, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Ultimately, however, the answer to ethnic nationalism goes beyond narrow economic fixes; political elites must argue explicitly for ethnic tolerance and supranational cooperation, portraying them as matters of basic human decency and security. Lars-Erik Cederman, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2019 Despite the emergence of such organizations as the EU, supranational bodies are not going to replace nation-states anytime soon, because people still mostly identify with their nation, rather than with remote and unelected regional bodies. Lars-Erik Cederman, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2019 When a supranational political organization sets a target of zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, and a legal requirement to reduce GHG levels by 55 percent compared to 1990 volumes by the same time, the adoption of EVs becomes a useful and necessary tool in the arsenal. Chris Stokel-Walker, Wired, 21 Jan. 2022 But while supranational legal frameworks may pose obstacles to legalization, Lauterbach has received positive feedback from the EU, highlighting that the legislation must comply with EU regulations. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Despite the supranational ambitions of the EU and its most ardent supporters, national interests still dominate the political calculations of member states. Ralph Gert Schöllhammer, WSJ, 22 May 2022 Six months ago, the architects of the European Super League had grand, hubristic visions of breaking free from the unwanted control of faceless, supranational bureaucracies. New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of supranational was in 1846

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“Supranational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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su·​pra·​na·​tion·​al ˌsü-prə-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce supranational (audio)
: going beyond national boundaries or authority
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