• (British) IPA: /tɛɹɪtɔːɹɪˈalɪti/


  1. The fact or legal status of being a territory.
  2. (zoology) The pattern of behaviour in animals that defines and defends a territory.
  3. A pattern of human behaviour characterised by defence of a particular territory or area of interest.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 99:
      These criticisms had a whiff of territoriality about them.

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