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jurisdiction

noun [U]     /ˌdʒʊə.rɪsˈdɪk.ʃən/ US  /ˌdʒʊr.ɪs-/
the authority of an official organization to make and deal with especially legal decisions: The court has no jurisdiction in/over cases of this kind. School admissions are not under/within our jurisdiction.Court cases, orders and decisions
(Definition of jurisdiction noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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