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Definitions for territorial
ˌtɛr ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-ter·ri·to·ri·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. territorialnoun

    nonprofessional soldier member of a territorial military unit

  2. territorial, territorial reserveadjective

    a territorial military unit

  3. territorialadjective

    of or relating to a territory

    "the territorial government of the Virgin Islands"; "territorial claims made by a country"

  4. territorialadjective

    displaying territoriality; defending a territory from intruders

    "territorial behavior"; "strongly territorial birds"

  5. territorialadjective

    belonging to the territory of any state or ruler

    "territorial rights"


  1. territorialnoun

    a non-professional member of a Territorial Army

  2. territorialadjective

    Of, relating to, or restricted to a specific geographic area, or territory

  3. territorialadjective

    Organized for home defence - such as the Territorial Army.

  4. territorialadjective

    Displaying territoriality.


  1. territorial

    A territory is an area of land, sea, or space, belonging or connected to a particular country, person, or animal.In international politics, a territory is either the total area from which a state may extract power resources or else an administrative division, i.e. an area that is under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state. As a subdivision, a territory in most countries is an organized division of an area that is controlled by a country but is not formally developed into, or incorporated into, a political unit of that country, which political units are of equal status to one another and are often referred to by words such as "provinces", "regions", or "states". In its narrower sense, it is "a geographic region, such as a colonial possession, that is dependent on an external government."


  1. territorial

    Territorial refers to the characteristic or behavior related to the ownership, control, or the rights to a certain geographical area or boundary. This could pertain to animals defending their living space, countries protecting their boundaries, or even individuals safeguarding their personal space. It can also refer to something associated with a specific region or territory.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Territorialadjective

    of or pertaining to territory or land; as, territorial limits; territorial jurisdiction

  2. Territorialadjective

    limited to a certain district; as, right may be personal or territorial

  3. Territorialadjective

    of or pertaining to all or any of the Territories of the United States, or to any district similarly organized elsewhere; as, Territorial governments

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    Rank popularity for the word 'territorial' in Adjectives Frequency: #912

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of territorial in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of territorial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of territorial in a Sentence

  1. Greg Poling:

    So if Beijing objects by saying to the U.S. you're in our territorial sea, then the U.S. can respond by saying there's no such thing as a territorial sea for an artificial island.

  2. James K. Polk:

    It is confidently believed that our system may be safely extended to the utmost bounds of our territorial limits...

  3. Zhao Lijian:

    Diaoyu island and the affiliated islands are China's inherent territory, China is resolute in safeguarding our territorial sovereignty, this so-called administrative re-designation is a serious provocation towards China's territorial sovereignty.

  4. Foreign Minister Qin:

    Why does the US talk up respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity on the Ukraine issue, but does not respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity on the issue of Taiwan? Why does the US ask China not to provide weapons to Russia while keeps selling arms to Taiwan?

  5. The Supreme Court:

    Judicial power is an important component of national sovereignty, people's courts will actively exercise jurisdiction over China's territorial waters, support administrative departments to legally perform maritime management duties ... and safeguard Chinese territorial sovereignty and maritime interests.

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