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 Shortly after Norway made the declaration to allow international cruises in its territorial waters again, Hurtigruten had itineraries ready, the cruise line's vice president of global communications, Rune Thomas Ege, told USA TODAY. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Hurtigruten captain, passengers share impressions of 'first international cruise' since quarantine," 14 July 2020 Chinese government ships have now spent 84 days in waters around the islands, Japan's coast guard said Monday, but the actual intrusion into Japan's territorial waters ups the ante on the dispute. Brad Lendon And Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN, "Japan says Chinese ships spend record time violating its territorial waters," 6 July 2020 During those forays, the Chinese ships were within Japan's territorial waters, cruising about four to six miles (six to 10 kilometers) off the islands, Japan said. Brad Lendon And Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN, "Japan says Chinese ships spend record time violating its territorial waters," 6 July 2020 It will be shown on July 4 to viewers on U.S. military installations, at U.S. embassies and U.S. consulates located in roughly 168 countries and territories, as well as aboard more than 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea outside of U.S. territorial waters. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Troops get to watch a rebroadcast of Thunder Over Louisville on Fourth of July. So can you," 1 July 2020 Bangladesh authorities found the trawler in the country's territorial waters late Wednesday -- after spending 58 days adrift at sea -- off the coast of the southern district of Cox's Bazar. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "Hundreds of Rohingya refugees rescued after two months at sea," 18 Apr. 2020 The Ovation of the Seas left Australian had left territorial waters, headed toward Bali, where in a few days the company hoped to disembark Indonesian crew members and secure flights for others, according to Zeiger. Dalton Bennett, Anchorage Daily News, "Cruise crew members are stuck at sea with paydays dwindling, searching for a way home," 14 Apr. 2020 For one, Resolute was 13 nautical miles off the coast of Isla de Tortuga—territorial waters extend up to 12 miles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Naval Patrol Boat Takes on Cruise Ship. Loses Real Bad.," 2 Apr. 2020 Some in Abe’s own ruling Liberal Democratic Party oppose Xi’s state visit, partly because of the ongoing incursions by Chinese ships into what Japan sees as its territorial waters around disputed East China Sea islands. Isabel Reynolds And Dandan Li / Bloomberg, Time, "Japanese Prime Minister Abe Under Increasing Fire for Handling of Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of territorial waters

1841, in the meaning defined above

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“Territorial waters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/territorial%20waters. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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