from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law The right and power to interpret and apply the law: courts having jurisdiction in this district.
- n. Authority or control: islands under U.S. jurisdiction; a bureau with jurisdiction over Native American affairs.
- n. The extent of authority or control: a family matter beyond the school's jurisdiction.
- n. The territorial range of authority or control.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the power, right, or authority to interpret and apply the law
- n. the power or right to exercise authority
- n. the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate
- n. the limits or territory within which authority may be exercised
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. The authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate; the right of making or enforcing laws; the power or right of exercising authority.
- n. Sphere of authority; the limits within which any particular power may be exercised, or within which a government or a court has authority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. 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. The domain within which power is exercised; specifically, the territory over which the authority of a state, court, or judge extends.
- n. The function or capacity of judging or governing in general; the natural right to judge; inherent power of decision or control.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
- n. in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
Middle English jurisdiccioun, from Old French juridicion, from Latin iūrisdictiō, iūrisdictiōn- : iūris, genitive of iūs, law; see yewes- in Indo-European roots + dictiō, dictiōn-, declaration (from dictus, past participle of dīcere, to say; see deik- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)