Definitions for jurisdictionˌdʒʊər ɪsˈdɪk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ju•ris•dic•tionˌdʒʊər ɪsˈdɪk ʃən(n.)

  1. the right, power, or authority to administer justice by hearing and determining controversies.

  2. power; authority; control:

    to have military jurisdiction over the occupied territories.

  3. the extent or range of judicial, law-enforcement, or other authority:

    a case under the jurisdiction of the local police.

  4. the territory over which authority is exercised.

Origin of jurisdiction:

1250–1300; ME jurediccioun < OF juredicion < L jūris dictiō (see jus , diction )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. legal power, jurisdiction(noun)

    (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law

    "courts having jurisdiction in this district"

  2. jurisdiction(noun)

    in law; the territory within which power can be exercised

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jurisdiction(noun)ˌdʒʊər ɪsˈdɪk ʃən

    the area over which an official has authority

    within the jurisdiction of the state police


  1. jurisdiction(Noun)

    the power, right, or authority to interpret and apply the law

  2. jurisdiction(Noun)

    the power or right to exercise authority

  3. jurisdiction(Noun)

    the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate

  4. jurisdiction(Noun)

    the limits or territory within which authority may be exercised

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jurisdiction(adj)

    the legal power, right, or authority of a particular court to hear and determine causes, to try criminals, or to execute justice; judicial authority over a cause or class of causes; as, certain suits or actions, or the cognizance of certain crimes, are within the jurisdiction of a particular court, that is, within the limits of its authority or commission

  2. Jurisdiction(adj)

    the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate; the right of making or enforcing laws; the power or right of exercising authority

  3. Jurisdiction(adj)

    sphere of authority; the limits within which any particular power may be exercised, or within which a government or a court has authority


  1. Jurisdiction

    Jurisdiction is the practical authority granted to a formally constituted legal body or to a political leader to deal with and make pronouncements on legal matters and, by implication, to administer justice within a defined area of responsibility. The term is also used to denote the geographical area or subject-matter to which such authority applies. Jurisdiction draws its substance from public international law, conflict of laws, constitutional law and the powers of the executive and legislative branches of government to allocate resources to best serve the needs of its native society.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jurisdiction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4597

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'jurisdiction' in Nouns Frequency: #1761

Translations for jurisdiction

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legal power; authority.

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