territoriality

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noun ter·ri·to·ri·al·i·ty \-ˌtȯr-ē-ˈa-lə-tē\

Definition of territoriality

  1. 1 :  territorial status

  2. 2a :  persistent attachment to a specific territoryb :  the pattern of behavior associated with the defense of a territory

Examples of territoriality in a Sentence

  1. a scientific study of territoriality in bears

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First Known Use of territoriality

1864


TERRITORIALITY Defined for English Language Learners

territoriality

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Definition of territoriality for English Language Learners

  • : the behavior of animals or people that try to keep others away from an area that they use or control


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territoriality

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noun ter·ri·to·ri·al·i·ty \ˌter-ə-ˌtōr-ē-ˈa-lə-tē\

Legal Definition of territoriality

  1. 1 :  territorial status

  2. 2 :  the jurisdiction of a sovereign state over matters within the limits of its territory especially as exercisable apart from the minimum contacts standard for personal jurisdiction over nonresidents

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