Definition of territorial imperative in English:

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territorial imperative

noun

Zoology & Psychology
The need to claim and defend a territory: the way people use space, including their seating arrangements and conversational distance, reflects territorial imperative [count noun]: variables of ecological space influence postulations of a territorial imperative
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  • 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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