jurisdiction

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 /ˌdʒʊərɪsˈdɪkʃən/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ju•ris•dic•tion /ˌdʒʊrɪsˈdɪkʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the right, power, or authority to administer justice by hearing and determining controversies:to have military jurisdiction over the occupied territories.
  2. the extent or range of judicial, law-enforcement, or other authority:a case under local jurisdiction.
ju•ris•dic•tion•al, adj. See -jur-, -dict-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
ju•ris•dic•tion  ( jŏŏr′is dikshən), 
n. 
  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.
Etymology:
  • Latin, as above
  • Old French juredicion
  • Latin jūris dictiōn- stem of jūris dictiō (see jus, diction); replacing Middle English jurediccioun
  • Middle English 1250–1300
ju′ris•diction•al, adj. 
ju′ris•dictive, adj. 
ju′ris•diction•al•ly, adv. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

jurisdiction /ˌdʒʊərɪsˈdɪkʃən/ n
  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
Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin jūrisdictiō administration of justice; see jus, diction

ˌjurisˈdictional adj



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