Definition: Jurisdiction

From New World Encyclopedia


From Latin iūrisdictiō.


jurisdiction (countable and uncountable, plural jurisdictions)

  1. The power, right, or authority to interpret and apply the law.
  2. The power or right to exercise authority.
  3. The power or right to perform some action as part of applying the law.
  4. The authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate.
  5. The limits or territory within which authority may be exercised.

Derived terms

  • appellate jurisdiction
  • diversity jurisdiction
  • interjurisdiction
  • interjurisdictional
  • interjurisdictionally
  • jurisdictional
  • jurisdictionally
  • jurisdiction clause
  • jurisdictionless
  • multijurisdiction
  • multijurisdictional
  • pendent jurisdiction
  • personal jurisdiction
  • supplemental jurisdiction
  • universal jurisdiction


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