Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extending beyond or transcending established borders or spheres of influence held by separate nations: a supranational economy; supranational federations.

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  • adj. Beyond the borders or scope of any one nation.

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  • adj. transcending established national boundaries or spheres of interest

Etymologies

From supra- +‎ national. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The United Nations in particular, held in check by the veto power of each permanent member of the Security Council, could not plausibly be described as a supranational world government.

    What Would Wilson Do?

  • Kokusai Global Sovereign Open, Asia's biggest bond fund, boosted holdings of such securities, known as supranational bonds, to 8.2 percent of its portfolio, the most ever.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • The very essence of "supranational" is inimical to the interests of the "national".

    Misguided we ain't

  • Emphasising this word "supranational", in my view, shots the fox which the likes of Mr Douglas Alexander, our new Minister for Europe, likes to set running.

    Taking to the boats?

  • The essential issue, therefore, remains that we are not against “Europe” but the European Union, a form of government characterised by the single word, "supranational".

    Taking to the boats?

  • For that matter, does anyone seriously think that given recent American history the White House would cede authority to any kind of supranational body when it comes to making decisions about things like environmental and labour standards?

    Peace, order and good government, eh?: June 2004 Archives

  • Part III explores certain "supranational" norms-binding norms, that is (at least loosely defined) - touching or concerning climate change.

    Concurring Opinions

  • The other French panelist, Philippe Schmidt-a lawyer who, like Lévy, is affiliated with LICRA-took these arguments even further, proposing that Internet speech be regulated by some kind of supranational body.

    Tablet Magazine

  • Statements made by certain representatives of 'the global elite' indicate that the current crisis is being used as a mechanism for provoking some deepening social upheavals that would make mankind - plunged as it is already into chaos and frightened by the ghost of an all-out violence - urge of its own free will that a 'supranational' arbitrator with dictatorial powers intervene into the world affairs.

    Signs of the Times

  • Bhopal is a textbook case that some kind of supranational law is needed to address. '

    CommonDreams.org Headlines

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