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From Latin iūrisdictiō.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /d͡ʒʊɹɪsˈdɪkʃən/, /d͡ʒɝɪsˈdɪkʃən/ (IPA(key): /d͡ʒʊɹɪz-/, /d͡ʒɝɪz-/)
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /d͡ʒʊəɹɪsˈdɪkʃən/, /d͡ʒɔːɹɪsˈdɪkʃən/ (IPA(key): /d͡ʒʊəɹɪz-/, /d͡ʒɔːɹɪz-/)
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  • Rhymes: -ɪkʃən
  • Hyphenation: ju‧ris‧dic‧tion


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.
    • 2020 July 23, N. Rosenberg, “Nemish v. King, Walker and Union of National Employees (Public Service Alliance of Canada), 2020 FPSLREB 76”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name), retrieved 21 September 2020:
      The Appeal Division of the Social Security Tribunal held that it was without jurisdiction to extend the statutorily established one-year time limit for a complainant to apply to rescind or amend a decision.
  4. The authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate.
  5. The limits or territory within which authority may be exercised.
    • 2013 June 22, “T time”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
      The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them [] is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies. [] current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate [] “stateless income”: profit subject to tax in a jurisdiction that is neither the location of the factors of production that generate the income nor where the parent firm is domiciled.


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