territorial waters


territorial waters
territorial wa·ters n pl: the waters under the sovereign jurisdiction of a nation or state including both marginal sea and inland waters

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

territorial waters
n.
All waters contained within a state or country and all ocean waters within a three-mile border around its coast.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


territorial waters
n. All inland waterways and all waters on a country's coastline within three geographical miles of that coastline.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


territorial waters
The part of the ocean adjacent to the coast of a state that is considered to be part of the territory of that state and subject to its sovereignty.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


territorial waters
The part of the ocean adjacent to the coast of a state that is considered to be part of the territory of that state and subject to its sovereignty.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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