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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Other Words from supranational

supranationalism \ ˌsü-​prə-​ˈnash-​nə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce supranationalism (audio) , -​ˈna-​shə-​nə-​ˌli-​ , -​ˌprä-​ \ noun
supranationalist \ ˌsü-​prə-​ˈnash-​nə-​list How to pronounce supranationalist (audio) , -​ˌprä-​ \ noun
supranationality \ ˌsü-​prə-​ˌna-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce supranationality (audio) , -​ˌprä-​ \ noun

Examples of supranational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The European Union’s leaders have just appointed as president of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde—another lawyer, with a long, successful career navigating the currents of national and supranational institutions. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The Fall of the Priesthood of Central Banking," 12 July 2019 By his account, the European Union has become an overreaching, supranational political colossus. Washington Post, "Meet the 0.25 percent of Brits who will pick the next prime minister," 17 July 2019 Further goosing fears of the supranational state, Johnson wrote about the coming of compulsory European identification cards. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson, Britain’s likely next prime minister, is a hack — a journalist who has reached the pinnacle of power," 21 July 2019 That’s a matter for national and supranational regulators to consider, especially because budget airlines are among Europe’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. Leonid Bershidsky,, "Europe braces for another summer of overtourism," 1 July 2019 Prime Minister May’s resignation came one day after the European Parliament election took place in Britain, and as voting and vote counting was taking place throughout the member nations of Europe’s supranational economic organization. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: British politics reflect change — and stability," 14 June 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 20 Feb. 2020.

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formal : involving more than one country

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