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jurisdiction

[joo r-is-dik-shuh n] /ˌdʒʊər ɪsˈdɪk ʃən/
noun
1.
the right, power, or authority to administer justice by hearing and determining controversies.
2.
power; authority; control:
He has jurisdiction over all American soldiers in the area.
3.
the extent or range of judicial, law enforcement, or other authority:
This case comes under the jurisdiction of the local police.
4.
the territory over which authority is exercised:
All islands to the northwest are his jurisdiction.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin jūris dictiōn- stem of jūris dictiō (see jus, diction); replacing Middle English jurediccioun < Old French juredicion < Latin, as above
Related forms
jurisdictional, adjective
jurisdictive, adjective
jurisdictionally, adverb
prejurisdiction, noun
superjurisdiction, noun
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Examples for jurisdiction
  • Judgment upon any award rendered may be entered in the highest court of the forum, state or federal, having jurisdiction.
  • The scope of universal jurisdiction is disputed.
  • The ethics commission, however, dismissed the complaint for lack of jurisdiction.
  • The commission said that the majority of material on the Net was still text, and thus outside its jurisdiction.
  • Establishing jurisdiction over contractors for crimes committed overseas can be tricky.
  • Their country has no jurisdiction in foreign nations, and therefore can seldom procure them any monopoly there.
  • The sole issue in this case was the petitioner's right to invoke the admiralty jurisdiction of the federal court.
  • Depending on jurisdiction, this could be a very serious problem.
  • That court and that case do indeed have jurisdiction in our state.
  • It was an office tenable for five years during which its bearer was invested with supreme despotic powers within his jurisdiction.
British Dictionary definitions for jurisdiction

jurisdiction

/ˌdʒʊərɪsˈdɪkʃən/
noun
1.
the right or power to administer justice and to apply laws
2.
the exercise or extent of such right or power
3.
power or authority in general
Derived Forms
jurisdictional, adjective
jurisdictionally, adverb
jurisdictive, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin jūrisdictiō administration of justice; see jus, diction
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Word Origin and History for jurisdiction
jurisdiction
c.1300 "administration of justice" (attested from 1267 in Anglo-L.), from L. jurisdictionem (nom. jurisdictio) "administration of justice, jurisdiction," from jus (gen. juris; see jurist) "right, law" + dictionem (nom. dictio) "a saying." Meaning "extent or range of administrative power" is from c.1380.
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