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n. pl. ter·ri·to·ri·al·i·ties
1. The status of a territory.
2. A behavior pattern in animals consisting of the occupation and defense of a territory.
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1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the state or rank of being a territory
2. (Zoology) the behaviour shown by an animal when establishing and defending its territory
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(ˌtɛr ɪˌtɔr iˈæl ɪ ti, -ˌtoʊr-)

1. territorial quality, condition, or status.
2. the behavior of an animal in defining and defending its territory.
3. attachment to or protection of a territory or domain.
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Noun1.territoriality - the behavior of a male animal that defines and defends its territory
behaviour, behavior - (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
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[ˌterɪˌtɔːrɪˈælɪtɪ] Nterritorialidad f
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Beaumont J, Nicholls W, 2007, "Between relationality and territoriality: investigating the geographies of justice movements in The Netherlands and the United States" Environment and Planning A 39 2554-2574
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Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., (1) which upholds the territoriality principle regarding the reach of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS).
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Given their claims on a far-flung series of sacred spaces which they neither own nor occupy on an ongoing basis, the Huichol concept of territoriality is not legible to the liberal (and now neo-liberal) world of property rights and boundaries.
(19) The five classical principles that justify prescriptive jurisdiction under international law are territoriality, nationality, passive personality, universality, and protection.
Thus, territoriality of females has been proposed as an adaptation for defense of food resource (Ostfeld, 1985, 1986, 1990; Tamarin et al., 1990).
These territoriality conditions that our countries can impose are not an obstacle to creation.
It prefers water holes rather than open spaces, and does not show signs of territoriality with individual areas overlapping each other.
Published behavioral information for the remaining two monotypic genera is limited to brief descriptions of spawning in Garmanella (Richter, 1975; Loiselle, 1981) and a comment on breeding territoriality in males of Cualac (Seegers, 2000).
For analytic purposes, we divide these mechanisms into Land Use, Natural Surveillance, Target Hardening, Territoriality and Permeability, Physical Disorder, Crime Attractors/Reducers, and Density.
The unfolding of time ensured that the masses contested the elites' right to represent Goa, inscribed by the territoriality of language.