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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bailiwick mean? 

  The noun BAILIWICK has 2 senses:

1. the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction
2. a branch of knowledge

  Familiarity information: BAILIWICK used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1bailiwick [BACK TO TOP]


The area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("bailiwick" is a kind of...):

jurisdiction (in law; the territory within which power can be exercised)

Sense 2bailiwick [BACK TO TOP]


A branch of knowledge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


branch of knowledge; discipline; field of study; subject field; subject area; bailiwick; subject; field; study

Context examples:

in what discipline is his doctorate? / teachers should be well trained in their subject / anthropology is the study of human beings

Hypernyms ("bailiwick" is a kind of...):

knowledge base; knowledge domain (the content of a particular domain or field of knowledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bailiwick"):

occultism (the study of the supernatural)

futuristics; futurology (the study or prediction of future developments on the basis of existing conditions)

arts; humanistic discipline; humanities; liberal arts (studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills))

divinity; theology (the rational and systematic study of religion and its influences and of the nature of religious truth)

military science (the discipline dealing with the principles of warfare)

escapology (the study of methods of escaping (especially as a form of entertainment))

graphology (the study of handwriting (especially as an indicator of the writer's character or disposition))

numerology (the study of the supposed occult influence of numbers on human affairs)

protology (the study of origins and first things)

applied science; engineering; engineering science; technology (the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems)

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)

communication theory; communications (the discipline that studies the principles of transmiting information and the methods by which it is delivered (as print or radio or television etc.))

major (the principal field of study of a student at a university)

frontier (an undeveloped field of study; a topic inviting research and development)

genealogy (the study or investigation of ancestry and family history)

allometry (the study of the relative growth of a part of an organism in relation to the growth of the whole)

bibliotics (the scientific study of documents and handwriting etc. especially to determine authorship or authenticity)

ology (an informal word (abstracted from words with this ending) for some unidentified branch of knowledge)

science; scientific discipline (a particular branch of scientific knowledge)

theogony (the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods)

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