Definition of territorial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌterəˈtɔːriəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌterəˈtɔːriəl//
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  1. 1connected with the land or sea 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. 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.
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from late Latin territorialis, from Latin territorium, from terra ‘land’.