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jujitsu

noun ju·jit·su \jü-ˈjit-(ˌ)sü\

Simple Definition of jujitsu

  • : a form of fighting without weapons that was developed in Japan : a Japanese martial art

Full Definition of jujitsu

  1. :  an art of weaponless fighting employing holds, throws, and paralyzing blows to subdue or disable an opponent

Variants of jujitsu

also ju·jut·suplay or jiu·jit·su \jü-ˈjit-(ˌ)sü\

Origin of jujitsu

Japanese jūjutsu, from weakness, gentleness + jutsu art, skill


First Known Use: 1875


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