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- A large extent or tract of land; for example a region, country or 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.
- (Australia) One of three of Australia's federated entities, located in the country's north and southeast, with fewer powers than a state and created by an act of Parliament rather than by the Constitution: Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay Territory.
- 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.
- 1993, Robert D. Hisrich & Ralph W. Jackson, Selling and Sales Management, →ISBN, page 160:
- A well-designed sales territory allows a salesperson to make best use of his time with present and potential customers and minimize travel time.
- A location or logical space which someone owns or controls.
- 1979, Raymond Lifchez & Barbara Winslow, Design for Independent Living, →ISBN, 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.
- 2010, Christian Müller-Tomfelde, Tabletops - Horizontal Interactive Displays, →ISBN, page 371:
- In general, when a group member wanted an item that was located in someone else's personal territory, they would ask that person to pass them the item.
- 2014, Stevi Jackson & Shaun Moores, The Politics of Domestic Consumption, →ISBN, 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, 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.
- 2011, Laura Simms, Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling, →ISBN, page xv:
- As a result, as the years have passed, my involvement with storytelling has expanded to the territory of compassionate action.
- 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.
- 2013, Hadley Hoover, Uncharted Territory, →ISBN, page 25:
- I'd like to be friends, but on a new level. Can't you try to understand that? And here's a harder question" Can we achieve it? This is uncharted territory for both of us.
Terms derived from territory
large tract of land
area which an animal defends