Definition of territorial imperative in English:

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territorial imperative


[usually in singular] Zoology & Psychology
The need to claim and defend a territory.
Example sentences
  • Importantly, this was not by territorial acquisition, but by the creation of a new political superstructure whose very purpose was to eliminate the crisis originally created by the territorial imperative.
  • However, because of tribal rules, jurisdictional disputes, and territorial imperatives, each chief was reluctant to become involved in the struggle.
  • How doctors decorate their consulting rooms can be a matter of style, personal preference, territorial imperatives, or culture.

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Syllabification: ter·ri·to·ri·al im·per·a·tive

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