territorial

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adjective

ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al ˌter-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce territorial (audio)
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a
: of or relating to a territory
territorial government
b
: of or relating to or organized chiefly for home defense
c
: of or relating to private property
2
a
: exhibiting or involving territoriality
territorial birds
b
: of or relating to an assigned or preempted area
territorial commanders
3
a
b
: serving outlying areas : regional
territorially adverb

territorial

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noun

: a member of a territorial military unit

Examples of territorial in a Sentence

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Adjective
Still, East Coast summertime has its own dibs situations: the territorial beach umbrella, the Great Lawn Philharmonic blanket grab, the incumbent at the top of the national ticket who won’t cede his perch. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 Saltwater crocodiles are known to be territorial and the killer reptile may still be in nearby waterways. Jasmine Baehr, Fox News, 5 July 2024
Noun
But there’s nothing stopping the surfer from hanging out in the parking lot up the cliff, an asphalt jungle with its own territorial, dog-eat-dog ecosystem. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2024 TERRITORIAL Most nations aim to impose taxes on economic activity that takes place within their borders. N. Gregory Mankiw, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2017 See all Example Sentences for territorial 

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Noun

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of territorial was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Territorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/territorial. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

territorial

adjective
ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al
ˌter-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əl,
-ˈtȯr-
1
: of or relating to a territory
territorial claims
2
: organized chiefly for territorial defense
a territorial army
3
: showing or involving territoriality
territorial birds
territorial noun
territorially
-ē-ə-lē
adverb

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