What does jurisdiction mean?

Definitions for jurisdictionˌdʒʊər ɪsˈdɪk ʃən

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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


  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

  4. Origin: [L. jurisdictio; jus, juris, right, law + dictio a saying, speaking: cf. OF. jurisdiction, F. juridiction. See Just, a., and Diction.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Jurisdiction

    jōō-ris-dik′shun, n. the distribution of justice: legal authority: extent of power: district over which any authority extends.—adjs. Jurisdic′tional, Jurisdic′tive. [Fr.,—L. jurisdictio.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of jurisdiction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of jurisdiction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thursday Trump company:

    While laws vary substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

  2. Gary Greenwood:

    You're better issuing (debt) out of a higher tax jurisdiction than a lower tax jurisdiction.

  3. Jonathan Thompson:

    Every jurisdiction is different, a very remote jurisdiction with very low crime, very low drug abuse, they probably need help for the Saturday rodeo. It just depends. Trying to apply a one-sized fits all approach is a mistaken undertaking.

  4. Thomas Ajamie:

    The justice department's jurisdiction can reach very far, i guarantee Thomas Ajamie there will be money that touched US banking somehow, which will give the Feds jurisdiction, which will give them the ability to prosecute if they want to and to the full extent that they want to.

  5. Kendall Coffey:

    ...Violence toward a U.S. citizen - like those who have been cruelly murdered by ISIS – could potentially provide jurisdiction for U.S. prosecution. If individuals can be identified who knowingly made oil purchases funding the terrorist agenda of ISIS, those individuals might be considered for very serious federal crimes, even though there could be complicated issues of arrest and extradition.

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