Meaning of jurisdiction

ju•ris•dic•tion

Pronunciation: ( joor"is-dik'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the right, power, or authority to administer justice by hearing and determining controversies.
  2. power; authority; control: He has jurisdiction over all American soldiers in the area.
  3. the extent or range of judicial, law enforcement, or other authority: This case comes under the jurisdiction of the local police.
  4. the territory over which authority is exercised: All islands to the northwest are his jurisdiction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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