legal power, jurisdiction(noun)
(law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
"courts having jurisdiction in this district"
in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
the power, right, or authority to interpret and apply the law
the power or right to exercise authority
the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate
the limits or territory within which authority may be exercised
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
the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate; the right of making or enforcing laws; the power or right of exercising authority
sphere of authority; the limits within which any particular power may be exercised, or within which a government or a court has authority
Origin: [L. jurisdictio; jus, juris, right, law + dictio a saying, speaking: cf. OF. jurisdiction, F. juridiction. See Just, a., and Diction.]
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
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.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'jurisdiction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4597
Rank popularity for the word 'jurisdiction' in Nouns Frequency: #1761
The numerical value of jurisdiction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of jurisdiction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It has clear jurisdiction.
While laws vary substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
This is the strictest standard in any jurisdiction in the nation.
This whole investigation involves people with special jurisdiction.
This is yet another blatant attempt to extend its jurisdiction to other states.
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Translations for jurisdiction
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- δικαιοδοσία, αρμοδιότηταGreek
- toimivalta, lainkäyttövalta, hallintoalueFinnish
- xurisdición, jurisdiciónGalician
- kewenangan, wewenangIndonesian
- دائرہ کارUrdu
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