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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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British Dictionary definitions for jurisdictions'

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 jurisdictions'

jurisdiction

n.

early 14c. "administration of justice" (attested from mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French juridiccion (13c.) and directly from Latin iurisdictionem (nominative iurisdictio) "administration of justice, jurisdiction," from ius (genitive iuris; see jurist) "right, law" + dictio "a saying" (see diction). Meaning "extent or range of administrative power" is from late 14c. Related: Jurisdictional.

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