Authority and Jurisdiction


Authority noun - Lawful control over the affairs of a political unit (as a nation).
Usage example: the sheriff had authority over the whole county

Jurisdiction is a synonym for authority in power topic. In some cases you can use "Jurisdiction" instead a noun "Authority", when it comes to topics like rule, prerogative, over. popular alternative


Jurisdiction noun - Lawful control over the affairs of a political unit (as a nation).
Usage example: the United States has no jurisdiction over Cuba
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Synonyms for Jurisdiction

Authority is a synonym for jurisdiction in control topic. You can use "Authority" instead a noun "Jurisdiction", if it concerns topics such as rule, over, area of authority. popular alternative

How words are described

human human authority human jurisdiction
full full authority full jurisdiction
direct direct authority direct jurisdiction
legal legal authority legal jurisdiction
Other adjectives: proper, rightful, real, unlimited, little, personal, sole, national, federal, limited, military, imperial, primary, local.

Both words in one sentence

  • Divided States of America Something that can throw foreign visitors is that the individual state governments have a lot more authority and jurisdiction over their affairs than in most places.
  • Rules Lawyer Repeatedly in The Water Phoenix King — justified in that one of the heroes is a lawyer, and the story largely hinges on questions of rightful authority and jurisdiction, which means Bureaucracy.
    Source: Rules Lawyer
  • In the pilot film for Due South, Constable Fraser mentions early on that due to legal complications (Canadian law enforcement officer working in Chicago, with no authority or jurisdiction in the city outside of the Canadian Consulate), he carries a sidearm, but no bullets.
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