territorial waters

territorial waters
the area beyond the tidal base line of the open coasts of a country over which that country exercises full control except for innocent passage of foreign vessels. Set at a maximum of 12 nautical miles in breadth by the 1982 Law of the Sea Treaty. The United States claims territorial waters three nautical miles in width

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  • 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. Merriam Webster. 1996. territorial waters …   Law dictionary

  • territorial waters — ˌterritorial ˈwaters noun [plural] LAW the sea near a country s coast, which that country has legal control over: • Tankers in Spain s territorial waters are affected by strict new safety regulations. * * * territorial waters UK US noun [plural]… …   Financial and business terms

  • Territorial waters — Ter ri*to ri*al wa ters (Internat. Law) The waters under the territorial jurisdiction of a state; specif., the belt (often called the {marine belt} or {territorial sea}) of sea subject to such jurisdiction, and subject only to the right of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • territorial waters — ► PLURAL NOUN ▪ the waters under the jurisdiction of a state, especially those within a stated distance from its coast …   English terms dictionary

  • territorial waters — n [plural] the sea near a country s coast, which that country has legal control over …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • territorial waters — noun plural the ocean near the coast of a country that is controlled by that country …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Territorial waters — Schematic map of maritime zones. Territorial waters, or a territorial sea, as defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,[1] is a belt of coastal waters extending at most 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) from… …   Wikipedia

  • territorial waters — noun the waters surrounding a nation and its territories over which that nation exercises sovereign jurisdiction • Ant: ↑high sea, ↑international waters • Hypernyms: ↑body of water, ↑water • Instance Hyponyms: ↑United States waters, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • territorial waters — The part of the sea around a country s coastline over which it has jurisdiction according to international law. Historically, it was the sea within three miles of the coast, a practical distance determined by the range of a cannon ball. Since… …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • territorial waters — N PLURAL: usu poss/adj N A country s territorial waters are the parts of the sea close to its coast which are recognized by international agreement to be under its control, especially with regard to fishing rights. A number of governments banned… …   English dictionary

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