territorial waters

plural noun

Definition of territorial waters

: the waters under the sovereign jurisdiction of a nation or state including both marginal sea and inland waters

Examples of territorial waters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Russian Defense Ministry said the Russian warship fired warning shots after the British missile destroyer Defender had ignored a notice against intrusion in Russia's territorial waters. Vladimir Isachenkov, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Specifically, a part of the Black Sea that's very sensitive to Russia: inside the territorial waters of Crimea. David A. Andelman, CNN, 28 June 2021 Russia will be ready to fire to hit to protect its borders, a senior diplomat warned Thursday in the wake of a Black Sea incident in which a British destroyer sailed near Crimea in an area that Russia claims as its territorial waters. Fox News, 24 June 2021 The Royal Navy ship is conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law. oregonlive, 23 June 2021 More than half of Gaza's population are the descendants of refugees from what is now Israel, which controls the territory's airspace, territorial waters, population registry and commercial crossings. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 The Kremlin has sought to legitimize its annexation, and accused the British warship of encroaching on its territorial waters near Crimea. James Marson, WSJ, 24 June 2021 The Royal Navy ship is conducting innocent passage through Ukrainian territorial waters in accordance with international law. Fox News, 24 June 2021 Those include naval, air, and missile forces that have for the first time in modern history given China the ability to project power far beyond its immediate territorial waters. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of territorial waters

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of territorial waters was in 1841

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23 Jul 2021

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“Territorial waters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/territorial%20waters. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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territorial waters

noun

English Language Learners Definition of territorial waters

: the part of the ocean near a country's coast that is legally controlled by that country

territorial waters

noun plural
territorial wa·​ters

Legal Definition of territorial waters

: the waters under the sovereign jurisdiction of a nation or state including both marginal sea and inland waters

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