Etymology
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territorial (adj.)

1620s, "of or pertaining to a territory," from Late Latin territorialis, from territorium (see territory). In reference to British regiments, from 1881. In reference to an area defended by an animal, from 1920. Territorial waters is from 1841. Territorial army "British home defense" is from 1908. Territorial imperative "animal need to claim and defend territory" is from 1966.

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Definitions of territorial
1
territorial (adj.)
of or relating to a territory;
territorial claims made by a country
the territorial government of the Virgin Islands
territorial (adj.)
displaying territoriality; defending a territory from intruders;
territorial behavior
strongly territorial birds
territorial (adj.)
belonging to the territory of any state or ruler;
territorial rights
2
territorial (n.)
nonprofessional soldier member of a territorial military unit;
territorial (n.)
a territorial military unit;
Synonyms: territorial reserve
From wordnet.princeton.edu