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Noun: jurisdiction  ,jû-ris'dik-shun
  1. (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
    "courts having jurisdiction in this district";
    - legal power
  2. (law) the territory within which power can be exercised

Derived forms: jurisdictions

Type of: district, dominion, power, powerfulness, territorial dominion, territory

Encyclopedia: Jurisdiction, Ecclesiastical