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territorial waters

Syllabification: ter·ri·to·ri·al wa·ters

Definition of territorial waters in English:

plural noun

The waters under the jurisdiction of a state, especially the part of the sea within a stated distance of the shore (traditionally three miles from low-water mark).
Example sentences
  • Applying the above principles to the Jonathan Swift, it can only infringe when it is within our territorial waters.
  • Jill Pettis said that fish do not know whether they are swimming into international waters or territorial waters.
  • The Solway Harvester sank in the Irish Sea within the territorial waters of the Isle of Man on January 11.

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