According to wiki (Crown dependencies),

The Crown dependencies are three island territories off the coast of Great Britain that are self-governing possessions of the Crown: the Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Isle of Man.

So, dependency is some kind of territory.

Another wiki page (The Football Association) says

The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of association football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.

Is it still idiomatic if I substitute dependency for territory?

How about another case?

Jersey is a self-governing dependency of the United Kingdom.

substitute dependency for territory, we get

Jersey is a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom.

  • No, because England is not a dependency, and also because the FA is not the Crown. Mar 9, 2020 at 8:06

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A territory is just an area of land. Crown dependencies is a special term for the particular relationship which Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man have with Great Britain (they are self-governing but, being small, depend on the UK for such things as defence). So, no, dependency is not just another word for territory.

  • Thank you. In this very specific situation. Is it appropriate to say "Jersey is a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom"?
    – WXJ96163
    Mar 9, 2020 at 9:03

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