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territorial

adjective ter·ri·to·ri·al \ ˌter-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of territorial

1 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 : nearby, local
b : serving outlying areas : regional

territorially

play \ˌter-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of territorial

1625

in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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territorial

noun

Definition of territorial

: a member of a territorial military unit

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First Known Use of territorial

1907

in the meaning defined above

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TERRITORIAL Defined for English Language Learners

territorial

Definition of territorial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to land or water that is owned or controlled by a government

  • —used to describe animals or people that try to keep others away from an area that they use or control


TERRITORIAL Defined for Kids

territorial

adjective ter·ri·to·ri·al \ ˌter-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of territorial for Students

1 : of or relating to a territory
  • a territorial government
2 : displaying behavior associated with defending an animal's territory
  • My dog is very territorial.


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