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jurisdiction Line breaks: jur¦is|dic¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdʒʊərɪsˈdɪkʃ(ə)n/

Definition of jurisdiction in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1The official power to make legal decisions and judgements: the English court had no jurisdiction over the defendants
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  • And nor should it exclude the jurisdiction of any other state that gives its courts universal jurisdiction over international crimes.
  • Turkey officials waved jurisdiction of the case because it did not involve any Turkish nationals, Edmonson said.
  • As mayor of Los Angeles, Riordan had no official role or any jurisdiction over city schools.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A system of law courts; a judicature: in some jurisdictions there is a mandatory death sentence for murder
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  • The provision limiting comment accords with the present law in those jurisdictions where judicial comment may be made.
  • The judicial system resembles that of other common law jurisdictions.
  • As a result the common law courts still remain more distant from the merits than the administrative law courts of continental jurisdictions.
1.2 [count noun] The territory or sphere of activity over which the legal authority of a court or other institution extends: several different tax jurisdictions
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  • In other words, can they engage in legal economic activity in a jurisdiction where prostitution is legal?
  • While referring to the laws of other jurisdictions, US courts have given them short shrift.
  • There is no legislation of South Australia which says that courts of other jurisdictions may not sit in South Australia.
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French jurediction, from Latin jurisdictio(n-), from jus, jur- 'law' + dictio 'saying' (from dicere 'say').

Words that rhyme with jurisdiction

addiction, affliction, benediction, constriction, conviction, crucifixion, depiction, dereliction, diction, eviction, fiction, friction, infliction, interdiction, malediction, restriction, transfixion, valediction

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