trans·​na·​tion·​al | \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈnash-nəl How to pronounce transnational (audio) , (ˌ)tranz-, -ˈna-shə-nᵊl \

Definition of transnational

: extending or going beyond national boundaries transnational corporations

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transnationalism \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˈnash-​nə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce transnational (audio) , -​ˈna-​shə-​nə-​ , (ˌ)tranz-​ \ noun

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Examples of transnational in a Sentence

global warming is a transnational problem that requires a transnational solution
Recent Examples on the Web Surging resources to the border, enforcing legal consequences, target some transnational criminal organizations, and try to deter migration in the first place. NBC News, 1 May 2022 Yemen’s branch of the transnational Islamist movement the Muslim Brotherhood. Ahmed Al-haj And Samy Magdy, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Apr. 2022 Efforts by the Afghan jihadist movement to strike a balance will be exploited by ISIS—a transnational jihadist movement—and other groups, imperiling regional and international security. Kamran Bokhari, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 And so there’s been a really fruitful counter-narrative, which is to emphasize the way that music and people, and also scores or recordings, can be transnational, can go across borders and travel all around the world. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has scrambled geopolitics, rewriting global alliances and transnational norms. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 31 Mar. 2022 Rooted in Black Caribbean ancestry, El Movimiento or The Movement, represents the transnational genres birthed and linked through the African diaspora, such as hip-hop, dancehall, reggaeton, bomba, bachata, salsa, and more. Jennifer Mota, Billboard, 31 Mar. 2022 The only transnational flight scheduled for the foreseeable future is from Venezuela. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Examples include visa regulations, civil aviation treaties, and educational exchanges, all of which constituted the very processes that laid and limited the transnational paths that information and culture traveled along. Dexter Fergie, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of transnational

1921, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Transnational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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