territoriality

[ter-i-tawr-ee-al-i-tee, -tohr-]
noun
1.
territorial quality, condition, or status.
2.
the behavior of an animal in defining and defending its territory.
3.
attachment to or protection of a territory or domain.

Origin:
1890–95; territorial + -ity

nonterritoriality, noun
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territoriality (ˌtɛrɪˌtɔːrɪˈælɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  the state or rank of being a territory
2.  the behaviour shown by an animal when establishing and defending its territory

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territoriality ter·ri·to·ri·al·i·ty (těr'ĭ-tôr'ē-āl'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. A behavior pattern in animals consisting of the occupation and defense of a territory.

  2. A similar behavior pattern in humans consisting of the tendency to defend a particular domain or sphere of influence or interest.

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territoriality   (těr'ĭ-tôr'ē-āl'ĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
A behavior pattern in animals consisting of the occupation and defense of a territory.
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Example sentences
The latter must be treated with extreme caution, as bull sharks are noted for their aggression and territoriality.
No matter what the species, it probably engages in some form of territoriality.
And she managed to do it without the self-righteous territoriality that is the occupational vice of human-rights experts.
Among the research areas explored are small group ecology, territoriality, and the related concept of privacy.
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