ter·​ri·​to·​ri·​al·​ism | \ ˌter-ə-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce territorialism (audio) \

Definition of territorialism

2 : the principle established in 1555 requiring the inhabitants of a territory of the Holy Roman Empire to conform to the religion of their ruler or to emigrate

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territorialist \ ˌter-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​list How to pronounce territorialism (audio) \ noun

Examples of territorialism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This territorialism, says Gehrt, could be a factor that will limit their spread. National Geographic, 29 Nov. 2019 The leaders also see growing territorialism and climate change as the top risks to their businesses from overseas. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, 11 July 2019 Experts say the turkey’s extreme territorialism, especially in males, programs them to assert their dominance — whether over another turkey or a human. Aditi Shrikant, BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2018 Accounts of bullying for Birds and territorialism over Limes are showing up across the internet, complete with reports of break-ins and shakedowns. Anna-sofia Lesiv, The Seattle Times, 10 July 2018 The less kindly purpose, though valuable in its own right, is to signal to Bro that any territorialism around their couple time is coming from inside his house!! Carolyn Hax, idahostatesman, 9 Jan. 2018 Hill: There’s a certain territorialism that comes along with being a fan of something for a long time when new fans come along. USA TODAY, 21 Aug. 2017 All agreed that fear of failure remains a significant barrier to internal innovation, but so does territorialism, warns Wadwhani. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 18 July 2017 Using factors such as territorialism of the bluebirds and the amount of feeding space in the Village, Hensen launched an effort to reduce the number of bluebird nesting boxes. Emily Rasmussen, Orange County Register, 18 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of territorialism

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Territorialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/territorialism. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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