territoriality

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

Definition of territoriality

1 :territorial status
2 a :persistent attachment to a specific territory
b :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

Recent Examples of territoriality from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'territoriality.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of territoriality

1864


TERRITORIALITY Defined for English Language Learners

territoriality

noun

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


Law Dictionary

territoriality

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

legal Definition of territoriality

1 :territorial status
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

Learn More about territoriality


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up territoriality? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

cautious about doing something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!