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

Other Words from supranational

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

Examples of supranational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 John Maynard Keynes had offered an alternative supranational currency, the Bancor. Frank Van Gansbeke, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Building on its status as an international financial centre, Hong Kong has also been quick to take on regional leadership roles for green finance initiatives pushed by supranational bodies such as the World Bank. Forbes, 17 May 2021 The International Criminal Court's supranational authority would make an ecocide crime particularly powerful, said Kate Mackintosh, executive director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at the University of California Los Angeles. NBC News, 7 Apr. 2021 In February, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the United States would seek a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council next year, reversing another Trump-era move against another divisive supranational body. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 Daphne told her children that the threat of returning to systemic corruption was mitigated by supranational safeguards. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 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, 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, 18 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of supranational

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Supranational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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