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territory (plural territories)
- A large extent or tract of land; a region; a country; a district.
- (Canada) One of three of Canada's federated entities, located in the country's Arctic, with fewer powers than a province and created by an act of Parliament rather than by the Constitution: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.
- A geographic area under control of a single governing entity such as state or municipality; an area whose borders are determined by the scope of political power rather than solely by natural features such as rivers and ridges.
2013 August 3, “Boundary problems”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
- Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.
- (ecology) An area that an animal of a particular species consistently defends against its conspecifics.
- (sports and games) The part of the playing field or board over which a player or team has control.
2011 October 1, Tom Fordyce, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland”, in BBC Sport:
- Scotland had the territory and the momentum, forcing England into almost twice as many tackles and rattling them repeatedly at set-pieces.
- A geographic area that a person or organization is responsible for in the course of work.
- A location or logical space which someone owns or controls.
1979, Raymond Lifchez & Barbara Winslow, Design for Independent Living, ISBN 0520044347, page 97:
- The establishment of a personal territory almost invariably precedes the sharing of a territory with a mate. For those who are unable to make a break from the parental home, this stage is almost never reached.
2014, Stevi Jackson & Shaun Moores, The Politics of Domestic Consumption, ISBN 131790365X, page 305:
- Now that the days of handbag-carrying women have largely drawn to a close, houseworkers rarely have a clearly marked-out personal territory — although for some the dressing-table may be a non-transportable handbag equivalent.
- A market segment or scope of professional practice over which an organization or type of practitioner has exclusive rights.
2008, Kathleen Fahy, Maralyn Foureur, & Carolyn Hastie, Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship, ISBN 075068870X, page 7:
- The medical registration act eventually did form the foundation for medicine to be able to claim an ever increasing occupational territory and the domination of all other health disciplines.
- An area of subject matter, knowledge, or experience.
- 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
- The matter of whether the world needs a fourth Ice Age movie pales beside the question of why there were three before it, but Continental Drift feels less like an extension of a theatrical franchise than an episode of a middling TV cartoon, lolling around on territory that’s already been settled.
Terms derived from territory
Terms etymologically related to territory
large tract of land
area which an animal defends