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

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Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency tweeted that the Mesdar had left Iran’s territorial waters. Amir Vahdat, Washington Post, "Iran says British tanker seized because of collision," 20 July 2019 Iran's semi-official Fars news agency tweeted that the Mesdar had left Iran's territorial waters. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Iran's Revolutionary Guard seizes one UK-operated tanker in Strait of Hormuz, briefly detains another," 19 July 2019 Iran's semi-official Fars news agency tweeted that the Mesdar had left Iran's territorial waters. Robert Burns, chicagotribune.com, "Iran seizes British oil tanker and briefly detains second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, escalating tensions with West," 19 July 2019 Data showed that the ship was on its way to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates before diverting sharply and slowing to a halt in Iranian territorial waters. Erin Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "UAE-based oil tanker disappears in Iranian waters in the Strait of Hormuz," 16 July 2019 McKenzie stopped Tuesday in Oman, whose territorial waters extend into the Strait of Hormuz. David Martin, CBS News, "CBS News travels with top U.S. military commander in the Middle East amid Iran tensions," 16 July 2019 The Justice Department has said the 17,601-ton bulk carrier ship, the Wise Honest, was approaching U.S. territorial waters in American Samoa last year when Indonesian officials took it out of service. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, "Otto Warmbier’s family is suing for a North Korean coal ship seized by U.S. officials," 7 July 2019 China’s defence ministry accused the destroyer of illegally conducting military operations in Chinese territorial waters. The Economist, "China crisis: October 2020," 4 July 2019 However, in December of last year, Japan withdrew from the Commission and decided to resume commercial hunting in its territorial waters and economic zones, CNN reported. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling After Three-Decade Break and Kills Two Whales on the First Day," 3 July 2019

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1841, in the meaning defined above

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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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