Definition of jurisdiction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdʒʊərɪsˈdɪkʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʒʊrɪsˈdɪkʃn//
    (formal) Justice
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] jurisdiction (over somebody/something) | jurisdiction (of somebody/something) (to do something) the authority that an official organization has to make legal decisions about somebody/something The Court of Appeal exercised its jurisdiction to order a review of the case. These matters do not fall within our jurisdiction. See related entries: Justice
  2. 2[countable] an area or a country in which a particular system of laws has authority Practice varies between different European jurisdictions.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French jurediction, from Latin jurisdictio(n-), from jus, jur- ‘law’ + dictio ‘saying’ (from dicere ‘say’).Extra examples He is subject to the jurisdiction of the Indian courts. She acted beyond the jurisdiction of any teacher. The British courts have universal jurisdiction over torture cases. The Senate committees have exclusive jurisdiction over the FBI. The commissioners had exclusive jurisdiction to decide. The court has no jurisdiction in this case. The court may exercise its jurisdiction to compel the husband to make a settlement upon his wife. The matter is outside the jurisdiction of UK administrative agencies. The matter was not within the jurisdiction of the court. The offshore government claims jurisdiction over the mainland. The territory is still under Russian jurisdiction. Under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction, suspected war criminals may be prosecuted irrespective of where they are located. The agreement doesn’t come under the jurisdiction of the EU courts.
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