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jurisdiction

ju·ris·dic·tion

jurisdiction

 
pronunciation:
juh rihs dIk shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the right or authority to interpret and administer the law.
The state government has jurisdiction with respect to laws governing marriage.
synonyms:
dominion, judicature
similar words:
administration, authority, authorization, control, right, rule, sovereignty
definition 2: the extent, territory, or range over which such authority is held.
Such matters are not within the mayor's jurisdiction.When the suspects crossed the state line, they were beyond the jurisdiction of our city's police.
synonyms:
domain, dominion, judicature
similar words:
control, territory, turf
derivations: jurisdictive (adj.), jurisdictionally (adv.)