• WordNet 3.6
    • n jurisdiction (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law "courts having jurisdiction in this district"
    • n jurisdiction in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jurisdiction Sphere of authority; the limits within which any particular power may be exercised, or within which a government or a court has authority.
    • Jurisdiction The authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate; the right of making or enforcing laws; the power or right of exercising authority. "To live exempt
      From Heaven's high jurisdiction ."
      "You wrought to be a legate; by which power
      You maim'd the jurisdiction of all bishops."
    • Jurisdiction (Law) The legal power, right, or authority of a particular court to hear and determine causes, to try criminals, or to execute justice; judicial authority over a cause or class of causes; as, certain suits or actions, or the cognizance of certain crimes, are within the jurisdiction of a particular court, that is, within the limits of its authority or commission.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n jurisdiction Judicial authority; the legal power of hearing and determining controversies or accusations; the right of exercising the functions of a judge or of a legal tribunal. It includes the power to compel a person to appear and answer a complaint, or to punish him for not doing so; the power to take property in dispute into the custody of the law; the power to compel production of evidence, and hear the contention of the parties; the power to determine questions of right between the parties, and to enforce the determination. Jurisdiction of the person depends usually on the giving of due notice to the person, or a voluntary appearance by him. Jurisdiction of the subject-matter usually depends on the statutory or common-law powers conferred on the court with reference to the nature of the controversy or property affected, and sometimes upon the seizure of the property into the custody of the law.
    • n jurisdiction Controlling authority; the right of making and enforcing laws or regulations; the capacity of determining rules of action or use, and exacting penalties: as, the jurisdiction of a state over its subjects.
    • n jurisdiction The domain within which power is exercised; specifically, the territory over which the authority of a state, court, or judge extends.
    • n jurisdiction The function or capacity of judging or governing in general; the natural right to judge; inherent power of decision or control.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Jurisdiction jōō-ris-dik′shun the distribution of justice: legal authority: extent of power: district over which any authority extends
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. jurisdictio,; jus, juris, right, law + dictio, a saying, speaking: cf. OF. jurisdiction, F. juridiction,. See Just (a.), and Diction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. jurisdictio.


In literature:

This level of the court system has jurisdiction over minor social crimes and simple civil cases.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
This is outside British jurisdiction, you know.
"A Frontier Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
He also enjoys immunity (1) from civil jurisdiction, e.g.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
Placed under jurisdiction of Newfoundland in 1763; transferred to Canada, 1774.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
The administration of monasteries falls under the jurisdiction of the head of the diocese.
"Area Handbook for Romania" by Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
General court in particular, and its jurisdiction, 206 25.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
And when he knew that he was of Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him unto Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem in these days.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
In many respects her jurisdiction resembles that of a bishop.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
Telephone and express companies are also subject to its jurisdiction.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
Tribute in the shape of annates went next; the appellate jurisdiction was now to follow.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude

In poetry:

Because I sawe that there did want
My hart, wherein I did delight,
my dearest hart:
And he that did the same supplant,
No jurisdiction had of right
to play that part.
"The Sheepheard Firmius His Song" by Bartholomew Young

In news:

Shabazz Muhammad's lawyer questions NCAA jurisdiction .
Jurisdiction key in Yankee tax case.
Diversity jurisdiction in federal court.
OSU police and Columbus police announce a joint jurisdiction agreement in the campus area.
CFTC May Delay Setting Jurisdiction of US Swaps Rules.
Made-in-Bremerton action film ' Jurisdiction ' gets hometown screening.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Navdeep Maju produced and stars in " Jurisdiction ," an independent film shot entirely in Bremerton.
Conn walks the long road through every jurisdiction in the U.S.
Bullis, LASD argue whether court has jurisdiction in latest motion School district maintains Bullis must file a separate lawsuit if case is to be heard.
When a state regulator wants to, he or she can take the 'dual' in US bank regulatory jurisdiction and turn it into a very powerful solo act.
Armstrong, USADA argue jurisdiction .
911 Tape Shows NYPD Operating Far Outside Its Jurisdiction .
Did Armstrong Admit to USADA's Jurisdiction .
Lifeguard fired for saving drowning man outside his jurisdiction .
Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger A Florida lifeguard was fired for saving the life of a man beyond his jurisdiction .

In science:

The compelling generality and simplicity of this description lies in the wealth of examples that are brought together under its jurisdiction.
On the defining relations for generalized q-Schur algebras
Nevertheless most physical sciences have fairly well-defined domains of jurisdiction characterized by definite procedures for formulation of problems, as well as elaborate techniques for solution, a scenario in which Mathematics is both an indispensable tool for procedure as well as an essential language of description.
Mathematics : The Language of Science
Such concepts, however, are not likely to find widespread use in many jurisdictions because traffic signals generally have highly standardized specifications; novel (and largely untested) configurations are not encouraged.
Increasing Market Penetration of LED Traffic Signals in New York State: Review of Articles and Information on LED Traffic Signals
Summary of articles and press releases documenting experiences of jurisdictions with LED traffic signals in 1999 and 2000.
Increasing Market Penetration of LED Traffic Signals in New York State: Review of Articles and Information on LED Traffic Signals
Political/legal jurisdiction transparent to clients 8) Measured service 9) Lack of smart metering and billing.
Examining the Impact of Platform Properties on Quality Attributes