Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A territory apart from but subject to the laws of a mother country.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A territory distinct from the country in which the supreme sovereign power resides, but belonging rightfully to It, and subject to the laws and regulations which the sovereign may think proper to prescribe. U. S. v. The Nancy, 3 Wash. C. C. 286, Fed. Cas. No. 15,854. It differs from a colony, because It ls not settled by the citizens of the sovereign or mother state; and from possession, because It is held by other title than that of mere conquest.