Meaning of bailiwick

bailiwick




A bailiwick is an area of knowledge in which a person or institution has control or expertise — as in “My bailiwick is international relations.” There is a faintly old-fashioned, even pedantic air to the term now, so use with caution.

Bailiwick also can mean a geographical area over which someone or some body has legal or political control, though this is a less common meaning nowadays. It derives from the combination of the Old English term bailiff, meaning a local officer with certain powers, and wic, meaning a village. Britain’s central criminal court, the famous Old Bailey, is so named because it lay on the ancient bailey or wall that defined the original City of London.

Definitions of bailiwick
  1. noun

    a branch of knowledge

    synonyms:

    discipline, field, field of study, study, subject, subject area, subject field

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    occultism

    the study of the supernatural
    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
    architecture

    the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings
    applied science, engineering, engineering science, technology

    the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems
    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
    theogony

    the study of the origins and genealogy of the gods
    natural history

    the scientific study of plants or animals (more observational than experimental) usually published in popular magazines rather than in academic journals
    symbology

    the study or the use of symbols and symbolism
    natural science

    the sciences involved in the study of the physical world and its phenomena
    math, mathematics, maths

    a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
    agronomy, scientific agriculture

    the application of soil and plant sciences to land management and crop production
    agrobiology

    the study of plant nutrition and growth especially as a way to increase crop yield
    agrology

    science of soils in relation to crops
    architectonics, tectonics

    the science of architecture
    landscape architecture

    the branch of architecture dealing with the arrangement of land and buildings for human use and enjoyment
    urban planning

    the branch of architecture dealing with the design and organization of urban space and activities
    interior design

    the branch of architecture dealing with the selection and organization of furnishings for an architectural interior
    metallurgy

    the science and technology of metals
    aeronautical engineering

    the branch of engineering science concerned with the design and construction of aircraft
    bionics

    application of biological principles to the study and design of engineering systems (especially electronic systems)
    bioengineering, biotechnology, ergonomics

    the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environments
    chemical engineering

    the branch of engineering that is concerned with the design and construction and operation of the plants and machinery used in industrial chemical processes
    civil engineering

    the branch of engineering concerned with the design and construction of such public works as dams or bridges
    EE, electrical engineering

    the branch of engineering science that studies the uses of electricity and the equipment for power generation and distribution and the control of machines and communication
    computer science, computing

    the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
    architectural engineering

    the branch of engineering that deals with the construction of buildings (as distinguished from architecture as a design art)
    industrial engineering, industrial management

    the branch of engineering that deals with the creation and management of systems that integrate people and materials and energy in productive ways
    IT, information technology

    the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information
    mechanical engineering

    the branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction and operation of machinery
    nanotechnology

    the branch of engineering that deals with things smaller than 100 nanometers (especially with the manipulation of individual molecules)
    nuclear engineering

    the branch of engineering concerned with the design and construction and operation of nuclear reactors
    naval engineering

    the branch of engineering that deals with the design and construction and operation of ships
    rocketry

    the branch of engineering science that studies rocket design and operation
    metrology

    the scientific study of measurement
    nutrition

    the scientific study of food and drink (especially in humans)
    psychological science, psychology

    the science of mental life
    IP, informatics, information processing, information science

    the sciences concerned with gathering, manipulating, storing, retrieving, and classifying recorded information
    cognitive science

    the field of science concerned with cognition; includes parts of cognitive psychology and linguistics and computer science and cognitive neuroscience and philosophy of mind
    social science

    the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society
    strategics

    the science or art of strategy
    systematics

    the science of systematic classification
    thanatology

    the branch of science that studies death (especially its social and psychological aspects)
    neoclassicism

    revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
    classicalism, classicism

    a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms
    Romantic Movement, Romanticism

    a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
    English

    the discipline that studies the English language and literature
    history

    the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings
    art history

    the academic discipline that studies the development of painting and sculpture
    chronology

    the determination of the actual temporal sequence of past events
    beaux arts, fine arts

    the study and creation of visual works of art
    performing arts

    arts or skills that require public performance
    Occidentalism

    the scholarly knowledge of western cultures and languages and people
    Oriental Studies, Orientalism

    the scholarly knowledge of Asian cultures and languages and people
    philosophy

    the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
    literary study

    the humanistic study of literature
    library science

    the study of the principles and practices of library administration
    linguistics, philology

    the humanistic study of language and literature
    musicology

    the scholarly and scientific study of music
    Sinology

    the study of Chinese history and language and culture
    stemmatics, stemmatology

    the humanistic discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text (especially a text in manuscript form) on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts (sometimes using cladistic analysis)
    trivium

    (Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence
    quadrivium

    (Middle Ages) a higher division of the curriculum in a medieval university involving arithmetic and music and geometry and astronomy
    cryptanalysis, cryptanalytics, cryptography, cryptology

    the science of analyzing and deciphering codes and ciphers and cryptograms
    linguistics

    the scientific study of language
    angelology

    the branch of theology that is concerned with angels
    apologetics

    the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines
    ecclesiology

    the branch of theology concerned with the nature and the constitution and the functions of a church
    eschatology

    the branch of theology that is concerned with such final things as death and Last Judgment; Heaven and Hell; the ultimate destiny of humankind
    hermeneutics

    the branch of theology that deals with principles of exegesis
    homiletics

    the branch of theology that deals with sermons and homilies
    liturgics, liturgiology

    the study of liturgies
    theodicy

    the branch of theology that defends God’s goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil
    tactics

    the branch of military science dealing with detailed maneuvers to achieve objectives set by strategy
    strategy

    the branch of military science dealing with military command and the planning and conduct of a war
    type of:

    domain, knowledge base, knowledge domain

    the content of a particular field of knowledge

  2. noun

    the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction

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    jurisdiction

    in law; the territory within which power can be exercised

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