su·​pra·​na·​tion·​al | \ˌsü-prə-ˈnash-nəl, -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, -​ˈna-​shə-​nə-​ˌli-​, -​ˌprä-​ \ noun
supranationalist \ˌsü-​prə-​ˈnash-​nə-​list, -​ˌprä-​ \ noun
supranationality \ˌsü-​prə-​ˌna-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē, -​ˌprä-​ \ noun

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There is a determined movement to undermine this traditional system in favor of a supranational authority. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, "Saudi Probe Is Not a Job For the U.N.," 23 Oct. 2018 His party has voiced similar criticism of the EU and its supranational institutions. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Poland Steps Up Supreme Court Purge," 13 July 2018 Facebook has launched a thousand metaphors, earning comparisons to a cable company, a railroad, a virtual supranational government, and a grapevine for lies. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Why Can’t Facebook Tell the Truth?," 10 May 2018 French-Dutch enmity runs deep, especially on the euro zone; the Dutch want stronger national buffers to protect against crises, whereas Mr Macron is impatient to build supranational bodies and a hefty common budget. The Economist, "How the Dutch will take Britain’s place in Europe," 28 Mar. 2018 Europe is trying to unite its tribes under a secular, supranational union—and having considerable difficulty. Reuven Brenner, WSJ, "The Roots of Anti-Semitism," 10 May 2018 Those arguments took place against the backdrop of a broader debate about how to apply U.S. law to a supranational network of computers. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Court and the Cloud," 28 Feb. 2018 Only a supranational institution such as the EU has the heft and mulish determination to override national attempts to impose banana uniformity, vacuum-cleaner-motor wattage limits or standards for automobile safety systems. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Britain Sings the Brexit Blues," 17 Aug. 2017 The modern supranational elite watching raised their phones and nudged each other in admiration as Angelica circled the fountain then climbed up into it to await the 125 other looks. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Sicilians Do It Better: Dolce & Gabbana Present Their Alta Moda in Palermo," 8 July 2017

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First Known Use of supranational

1846, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of supranational

: involving more than one country

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