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

First Known Use of territorial waters

1841


TERRITORIAL WATERS Defined for English Language Learners

territorial waters

noun

Definition of territorial waters for English Language Learners

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


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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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