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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.

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Chapter 11, dominion, claim, governance, bylaw, command, legal power, civil liberties, case law, authority, might, civil law, power, mastery, regime, control, Chapter 7, domination, government, sovereignty, say-so, over, sway, civil rights, act, regimen, bill, prerogative.

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