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-.

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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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