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territorial

[ter-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌtɛr ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to territory or land.
2.
of, pertaining to, associated with, or restricted to a particular territory or district; local.
3.
pertaining or belonging to the territory of a state or ruler.
4.
(of an animal) characterized by territoriality; defending an area against intruders, especially of the same species.
5.
(often initial capital letter) of or pertaining to a territory of the U.S.
6.
(initial capital letter) Military. organized on a local basis for home defense:
the British Territorial Army.
noun
7.
(initial capital letter) a member of the British Territorial Army.
8.
a soldier in a territorial army.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Late Latin territōriālis. See territory, -al1
Related forms
territorially, adverb
nonterritorial, adjective
nonterritorially, adverb
preterritorial, adjective
quasi-territorial, adjective
quasi-territorially, adverb
subterritorial, adjective
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Examples for territorial
  • If you have a new president or chancellor, this becomes their territorial imperative to resist change.
  • Each country has their own system and agency to monitor their territorial volcanoes.
  • Many territorial battles are fought w/ tails to smack the opponent.
  • Our still evolving animal nature, and its territorial possessiveness, needs leashing.
  • They are disguised as religious or territorial or many other causes, but the real underlying cause is economics.
  • Group territorial species all engage in violence at the group level.
  • They are fiercely territorial, to a degree that interferes with real police work.
  • Ottoman toleration was built on territorial indifference.
  • The federal territorial officers, with marshals and deputy-marshals, clustered in the federal camp.
  • The old empires were direct exercises in territorial domination, cultural subjugation, and the extraction of wealth.
British Dictionary definitions for territorial

territorial

/ˌtɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a territory or territories
2.
restricted to or owned by a particular territory the Indian territorial waters
3.
local or regional
4.
pertaining to a territorial army, providing a reserve of trained men for use in emergency
Derived Forms
territorially, adverb

Territorial

/ˌtɛrɪˈtɔːrɪəl/
noun
1.
a member of a territorial army, esp the British Army's Territorial and Volunteer Reserve
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Word Origin and History for territorial
adj.

1768, from Late Latin territorialis, from territorium (see territory). In reference to British regiments, from 1881. Territorial army "British home defense" is from 1908. Territorial waters is from 1841; territorial imperative "animal need to claim and defend territory" is from 1966.

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