territorial waters

plural noun
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

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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1841

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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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