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Definition of "jurisdiction" []

  • Law The right and power to interpret and apply the law: courts having jurisdiction in this district. (noun)
  • Authority or control: islands under U.S. jurisdiction; a bureau with jurisdiction over Native American affairs. (noun)
  • The extent of authority or control: a family matter beyond the school's jurisdiction. (noun)
  • The territorial range of authority or control. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jurisdiction" in a sentence
  • ""The sovereignty and jurisdiction of the Commonwealth extend to all places within the boundaries thereof, subject only to such rights of _concurrent jurisdiction_ as have been or may be granted over any places ceded by the Commonwealth to the United"
  • "As with national sovereignty, I believe that defining the term jurisdiction would be beneficial."
  • "The most urgent problem facing my jurisdiction is the heavy tax burden that residents of Montgomery County are forced to bear."