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Topic: LAW

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Latin
Origin: jurisdictio, from jus ( JUST2) + dictio 'act of saying'

jurisdiction

noun
     
jur‧is‧dic‧tion [uncountable]
SCL the right to use an official power to make legal decisions, or the area where this right exists
jurisdiction over somebody/something
The committee has jurisdiction over all tax measures.
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