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Definition the authority to make decisions or apply the law; or the territory subject to such authority
  • The state court has jurisdiction on this matter — not the federal court.
jurisdiction = the authority to apply the law
  • The Palestinian camp is outside the jurisdiction of the Lebanese state.
  • courts having jurisdiction in this district
  • We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • jurisdiction = authority to make decisions or apply the law
  • It's said to be a deterrent—but in fact, murder rates are higher in death penalty jurisdictions than in those without it.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Officer Carter still had jurisdiction over that area and did not look kindly on our being there.
    Ally Condie  --  Matched
  • Hoover wants jurisdiction over the case.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He is no longer under your jurisdiction," said Stanley's lawyer.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • " Then: "I'm outside my jurisdiction in any case.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Appendix N There is no question upon which the American constitutions agree more fully than upon that of political jurisdiction.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Now, I find there's a little one out—a mere Palace Court jurisdiction—and I have reason to believe that a caption may be made upon that.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • There were eleven cases of men drunk on return from leave waiting for his jurisdiction and he found these very difficult to deal with.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • They were regulars at the station, but even when he went somewhere outside his jurisdiction he could sense them when they came near.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Obviously she'd hoped to claim jurisdiction over the missing runaway.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • That's why Jesus fulfilled all of it for you—so that it no longer has jurisdiction over you.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • "The laws of England," interrupted Beaumanoir, "permit and enjoin each judge to execute justice within his own jurisdiction.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Twenty villages cheated her after immemorial custom, but no man would have stolen or robbed within her jurisdiction for any gift under heaven.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Now the Cinque Ports are partially or somehow under the jurisdiction of a sort of policeman or beadle, called a Lord Warden.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • You are a common cyborg, and one who is under my legal jurisdiction.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The federal government has no jurisdiction to intervene in domestic affairs of foreign nationals.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad

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