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noun (n)

  • (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: legal power
    Courts having jurisdiction in this district.
    source: wordnet30
  • in law; the territory within which power can be exercised (noun.location)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

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