- 1connected with the land or ocean that is owned by a particular country territorial disputes Both countries feel they have territorial claims to (= have a right to own) the islands.
- 2(of animals, birds, etc.) guarding and defending an area of land that they believe to be their own territorial instincts Cats are very territorial.
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NAmE//ˌtɛrəˌtɔriˈælət̮i//noun [uncountable] the instinctive territoriality of some animals
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NAmE//ˌtɛrəˈtɔriəli//adverb The country was trying to expand territorially.