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territorial waters

the waters of a littoral state that are regarded as under the jurisdiction of the state: traditionally those waters within three miles (4.8 km) of the shore, but in the 20th century claims by coastal nations have extended to 12 or even 200 miles (19.3 or 321.8 km).
Also called marine belt.
Compare high sea.
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • One said he was not sure if his country had any whales in its territorial waters.
  • And it must also police the territorial waters that are home to regular new finds of oil and gas.
British Dictionary definitions for territorial waters

territorial waters

plural noun
the waters over which a nation exercises jurisdiction and control
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