- 1Of or relating to the ownership of an area of land or sea: territorial disputesMore example sentences
- The notion of jurisdiction is essentially territorial.
- Ideas of territorial integrity and the ownership of territory are very strong.
- Scots emerged as some of the great imperial administrators, they explored the unknown, as soldiers they crushed native opposition and made territorial gains.
- 1.1 Zoology (Of an animal or species) defending a territory: these sharks are aggressively territorialMore example sentences
defensive, possessive, protective, jealous
- Males of many species of hummingbird are territorial and the territories, which are usually centered around a food source, are aggressively defended by their owners.
- Breeding fighting fish are territorial, defending an area around a nest of mucus-coated bubbles floating on the water surface.
- Further, we have been advised that the wild dogs are very territorial and, if they find any animal in what they consider their territory, they will try to kill it.
- 1.2Of or relating to an animal’s territory or its defense: territorial growlsMore example sentences
- They exhibit strong territorial behaviour during the breeding season.
- Adults are at their lowest weight in the spring as territorial behaviour by the boars and suckling by the sows will have reduced their stored fat to a minimum.
- Fairly early into the same dive at Edy Point, the first of 5 grey reef sharks came up from the depths, curious but keeping a safe distance and displaying no aggressive territorial behaviour.
- 2Of or relating to a particular territory, district, or locality: a bizarre territorial riteMore example sentences
- One-third of all proceeds would go to the Department of Internal Affairs to go out to the territorial authorities to distribute to arts, culture, and sports and recreation.
- Our biggest territorial local authority, Timaru District Council, has, for the most part, no access to the waters of either river at any part of their journey to the sea.
- The sample size and the number of sites used for the front seatbelt survey was increased significantly last year, allowing results for individual territorial local authorities to be included.
- 2.1 (usually Territorial) Of or relating to a Territory, in the US (historically) or Canada.More example sentences
- Staff at the Yukon's child care centers and family day homes will now receive additional monies as part of the $230,000 increase to the direct operating grant announced previously by Territorial government.
- With its adobe walls and Dutch hip roof, the home borrows from both Sonoran and Territorial styles.
- It has more than 900 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places - mostly Victorians and Spanish Territorial adobes - that are easily accessible on a variety of walking tours (maps available at the chamber of commerce).
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- (In the UK) a member of the Territorial Army, a volunteer force locally organized to provide a reserve of trained and disciplined manpower for use in an emergency.More example sentences
- The Engineer officer summoned all available Territorials (a reserve force) to assist in repairs.
- The Second World War started on 3 September, 1939, by which time I was eighteen and as a member of the Territorials I thought I would be called up into the army almost immediately.
- These were the men who had joined the Territorials before the war and who had volunteered, almost to a man, to renounce their ‘home defence only’ obligations.
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- The rise in the population of the leopard and the imbalance in territoriality vis-à-vis the carrying capacity of the habitat has also caused this versatile animal to adapt itself to the new equations.
- Our results are concordant with other studies of large mammalian carnivores, which reported that populations were not limited primarily by territoriality but by the supply of food.
- Investigating the characteristics of the Little Egret's territoriality requires individual identification with permanent markings such as color bands.
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- And also modern technologies permit geographically dissipated, territorially scattered peoples to renew their cultural identities and personal allegiances more easily than before.
- I put my purchases on the conveyor belt, after the woman in front had territorially shielded her purchases from mine with a ‘next customer’ sign.
- The strong wind, which blew down the pitch, favoured the under-dogs in the opening half and they dominated territorially for much of that period.
early 17th century: from late Latin territorialis, from Latin territorium (see territory).