Definition of jurisdiction :
1. Sphere of authority; the limits within which any particular power may be exercised, or within which a government or a court has authority.
2. The authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate; the right of making or enforcing laws; the power or right of exercising authority.
3. 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.
bylaw, governance, Chapter 11, domination, authority, claim, regimen, civil rights, dominion, regime, government, case law, might, bill, over, civil law, mastery, say-so, legal power, act, Chapter 7, civil liberties
authority (part of speech: noun)
field, reign, power, administration, empire, province, control, legal direction, extent, prerogative, rule, judicature, sovereignty, right, bailiwick, purview, hegemony, range, arbitration, supervision, study at power, scope, sway, magistracy, discretion, command, domain, sphere
jurisprudence (part of speech: noun)
- We'll solve such problems as jurisdiction and warrants when I get you to the Reunited Nations headquarters." - "Border, Breed Nor Birth", Dallas McCord Reynolds.
- The charter of the West India Company called for the territory between forty and forty- five degrees north latitude, but to assert the full extent of the patent would have been to claim the jurisdiction of Massachusetts. - "England in America, 1580-1652", Lyon Gardiner Tyler.
- There is reason, therefore, to doubt whether the labors of white missionaries, in the territory over which the colonists exercise jurisdiction, is, upon the whole, beneficial. - "Journal of an African Cruiser", Horatio Bridge.